Coronavirus Outbreak:Ethiopian Airlines Faces A Big Challenge
- Under pressure to stop China flights
Posted by JUSTOURS
International airlines such as British Airways, Turkish Air, Delta Airlines and American Airlines have canceled flights to China amid fear over the coronavirus. Other African air carriers including Kenya Air, RwandAir and Air Tanzania have suspended flights to China, but Africa’s largest air carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, has refused to do.
Globally, coronavirus has killed more than 1,300 people in China since the outbreak began in December, with almost death occurring in other countries around the world. Countries with more robust healthcare infrastructure have issued travel restrictions. Countries such as Australia, the US, Japan have imposed travel restrictions over the virus, which can cause a pneumonia-like illness.
Instead, in a statement, Ethiopian Airlines said it would continue to fly out of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Hong Kong and protect its crew and passengers.
The Ethiopian government’s assertion that they are prepared to tackle coronavirus as they continue to receive around 1,500 passengers into Ethiopia from China is not sitting well with its citizens. The Ethiopian citizens think it’s a risk.
Ethiopia’s decision to keep operating its flights to and from China does not only worry the Ethiopians as much as it worry other African countries where the airlines operates. Remember some of the passengers who are transiting Addis Ababa have their final destinations as Abuja, Lagos, Gabon to mention a few. How long would Ethiopian Airlines continue to resist pressure to cancel flights to China? It appears social media pressure could not even get Ethiopian Airlines to suspend its flights from China. Still many appeal to Ethiopian airlines is still under pressure to do the needful considering its a leading position in Africa.