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Korean Air Plans to Halt Flights to Kenya Over Ebola Concern

Korean Air Lines Co. will suspend flights to the Kenyan capital Nairobi because of the Ebola virus, becoming the first airline to pull out of an East African destination thousands of miles from the deadly outbreak.

The decision is an overreaction, with the risk of Ebola spreading by air travel low, World Health Organization official Isabelle Nuttall said in Geneva. Korean Air will scrap Nairobi services starting Aug. 20, it said today in an e-mailed statement. While Kenya is far from the region with Ebola cases, its capital city is a focus for flights to other continents.