Air Namibia lost millions due to Ebola scare

09 Feb 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 FEB (NAMPA) - Air Namibia last year lost an estimated N.dollars 50 million due to the Ebola virus scare.
“The market size decreased in 2014 compared to the same period in 2013 due to the Ebola scare,” said Air Namibia's Chief Operating Officer and Acting Managing Director Rene Gsponer here on Monday during a question and answer session with the media.
Air Namibia’s most affected market was Europe, which decreased with 11 per cent; while the American market declined by seven per cent; and the United Kingdom (UK) went down by five per cent.
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa, with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea Bissau the worst-hit.
According to a United Nations Children's Fund report contained on its website, over 9 000 people have died out of 22 495 known cases in the Ebola epidemic which began in December 2013.
Last year, many travellers from America, Europe and Asia cancelled their travel tickets to Africa due to the Ebola scare.
Authorities in several countries have also implemented entry restrictions to curtail the spread of Ebola from countries which have Ebola cases, while air carriers have restricted flights or modified schedules.
Flights serving destinations inside and outside Africa may also be subject to diversion or delay with little or no warning in order to quarantine passengers suspected or exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms.