Kenya Airways has, since Tuesday, June 2, 2015, resumed direct flights between Accra and Freetown, Sierra Leone after an Ebola outbreak necessitated all flights to the country to be suspended since August 2014. The suspension was lifted on May 9, 2015, after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the country Ebola-free.
Kenya Airways is now operating daily flights on the route. Two weeks earlier, the Kenya national carrier had also resumed direct flights from Nairobi to Monrovia, Liberia which had also been plagued by the deadly disease.
It is estimated that Kenya Airways has lost KES 4 billion since discontinuing its flights to the Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. It is hoped these resumptions in normal flights will help uplift her otherwise bleak financial outlook.
While Kenya Airways takes this move, most other airlines have maintained their restrictions. Air France, which suspended its flights to Sierra Leone on August 28, 2014, is one of them. Flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone on the Togo-based carrier Asky Airlines, remain suspended.
Arik Air of Nigeria also has all flights to Liberia and Sierra still suspended. British Airways has extended its suspension of flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone until further notice.
British Airways flights were previously scheduled to resume on March 31. Emirates Airlines services to Guinea remain suspended as well. Meanwhile, flights to and from Kenya by Korean Air flights have resumed.