Some members of the international community are now closing their respective doors on Ebola-affected, Liberia, as many international airliners suspend flights to Liberia.
Since the second wave of Ebola outbreak in the country early July, many international airlines ranging from US-owned Delta to Air France and Kenya Airways, have all suspended service to the West African nation.
The latest of them was Liberia’s long standing airline partner, Brussels Airlines which until Tuesday, August 26, was indefinitely suspended its Liberia flights. Yesterday stranded travelers breathed a great sigh of relief, welcoming the news that the airline would resume flights on Thursday, August 28.
"The Management of Brussels Airlines has the pleasure to inform its esteemed guests that we have resumed flight operations," a statement from the airliner read. "All passengers originally scheduled to travel on Sunday the 24th and Monday the 25th of August are now rescheduled to fly out of Monrovia on Thursday, the 28th of August."
Passengers are advised to direct any enquiries to the head office of the airline.
Monrovia is now left with only two commercial airlines to and from the country. The other, Royal Air Maroc, is basically unable to address Liberia’s “lightly busy” air traffic.
Although the Moroccan airline is still flying to and from Monrovia, the North African state is reportedly denying passengers from Monrovia, a piece of information this paper could not independently verify.
Brussels’ near departure clearly indicates that the situation is gradually getting worse for the Liberian government and its people, and this latest move by the European nation speaks to the fact that the nation’s economy is being badly hit by the disease, a political analyst said.
The suspension of flights to Liberia by other international carriers means that due to Ebola, members of the international community have decided to “quarantine Liberia” in order to prevent the spread of Ebola beyond the Liberia, the political analyst asserted.
Even flights from other African nations that frequented Liberia now suspended:
- Arik Airways – suspended flights indefinitely from July 28
- Air Ivoire – suspended flights indefinitely from August 11
- Asky – changed flight routes on 2 August
- British Airways – suspended flights until 31 August, 2014, but later suspended flights indefinitely
- Eagle Airlines – flights suspended
- Gambia Bird – suspended flights indefinitely
- Kenya airways – suspended from midnight, Tuesday August 19, no re-initiation date announced.
Liberia is only open to the waters and there are a precious few vessels coming to Monrovia currently.
Before the Ebola outbreak, Liberia was faced with three consecutive budget shortfalls, leading to what appeared to be a near total collapse of the economy.
An economy already affected by revenue downturn is now embattled by the killer disease, Ebola. Over the last two months, the Liberian government has struggled to contain and eradicate the virus; but from all indications, the battle remains an uphill task for the government and its people.
Nonetheless, Liberian officials say they had hoped that its African neighbors at the very least would stand in solidarity with them while taking every precaution to keep their populations safe.