Delta Airlines CEO: Ebola Procedures in Place

first_imgWhile executivees say the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has had minimal impact on Delta Air Lines’ business, its CEO told CNBC the airline’s priority is making sure its operations are safe for passengers and crew members.Delta has screening mechanisms in place at the airport in Liberia, and its flight crews and pilots turn out of Dakar, Senegal, pick up passengers in Liberia and return to Dakar, Richard Anderson said in an interview with “Closing Bell.” Delta flights to Liberia will continue until August 31, 2014. However, Anderson said the airline is taking it on a “day-by-day basis.””We have good procedures in place. The government of Liberia is doing a good job screening people in advance of entering the airport,” he said.”We have a deep relationship with the CDC and Emory,” the hospital that is treating two Americans with Ebola, he said.”We operate under their guidance and advice and we’re continuing to operate under their guidance and advice.”On Wednesday, the International Air Transport Association said the Ebola outbreak that began in West Africa in March could be one of the biggest challenges for airlines. However, the World Health Organization has said the risk to plane passengers from Ebola is low and has not recommended travel restrictions. British Airways has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of the month. Emirates airline has suspended flights to Guinea and two regional African airlines have cancelled all flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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