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    Airlines Fly Away From Ebola, Leaving Aid Workers Stranded

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    Now the travel restrictions are going the other way, too: British officials over the weekend told an African-based carrier, Gambia Bird, it could not operate a nonstop flight from London to Freetown, Sierra Leone.

    Gambia Bird had planned to resume the London-Freetown route on Friday to bring back a flight used by both nongovernmental organizations and business travelers, an airline spokesman said.

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    To work around the scarcity of commercial flights, Save the Children personnel have been relying on flights by Brussels Airlines from Belgium and by Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca, the two major airlines that have maintained service to Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. Air France has also kept its flight from Paris to Conakry.

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    Using charters over commercial flights could solve the current air service problem for NGOs, if not for citizens of the affected countries. And to Rodgers, that just illustrates a truism charitable organizations have understood for decades: “Like any other logistical problem,” he says, “if you throw money at it, it goes away.”

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    Re: Airlines Fly Away From Ebola, Leaving Aid Workers Stranded

    Can't military flights be set up?

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    • #3
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      The logistics of bringing in armies of different countries speaking different languages with varied equipment must be pretty complicated.

      The United Nations has requested Spain to authorize refuelling stops in the island of Gran Canaria, in order to put an airlift into place. So far as I know, Spain has not replied to the request yet.

      I think only NATO or UN can pull it off, perhaps they are already making plans - but they need to move fast and at the moment we see nothing of the kind happening.

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      • #4
        Re: Airlines Fly Away From Ebola, Leaving Aid Workers Stranded

        Agreed 100%.

        Originally posted by FrenchieGirl View Post
        The logistics of bringing in armies of different countries speaking different languages with varied equipment must be pretty complicated.

        The United Nations has requested Spain to authorize refuelling stops in the island of Gran Canaria, in order to put an airlift into place. So far as I know, Spain has not replied to the request yet.

        I think only NATO or UN can pull it off, perhaps they are already making plans - but they need to move fast and at the moment we see nothing of the kind happening.

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        • #5
          Re: Airlines Fly Away From Ebola, Leaving Aid Workers Stranded

          Whose Military? If you're talking US military there is going to come a point where people are going to point out that it is a military and not a world rescue organization. That is what the UN is for. They can charter planes if needed. Or the WHO. These are the things they should be doing. I guess there is a place for orgranizations and governments. The free market doesn't seem to be doing well for this situation. Well except for the profit on PPE.

          Or there's Bill Gates, Koch Brothers, etc. What's a couple flights when you're worth 82 billion?

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          • #6
            Re: Airlines Fly Away From Ebola, Leaving Aid Workers Stranded

            Speaking of, where are the Koch's these days?

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            • #7
              Re: Airlines Fly Away From Ebola, Leaving Aid Workers Stranded

              Originally posted by AnnaLisa View Post
              Speaking of, where are the Koch's these days?
              Clearly demonstrating they don't share the philosophy of Gates, et al.

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              "The next major advancement in the health of American people will be determined by what the individual is willing to do for himself"-- John Knowles, Former President of the Rockefeller Foundation

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              • #8
                Re: Airlines Fly Away From Ebola, Leaving Aid Workers Stranded

                If they really have a reason to go there, they can set up military flights or charter flights. People don't need to be running back and forth on commercial flights.

                The real problem is that they probably want to run commercial flights because the tourist traffic (or whatever it is) subsidizes the official traffic. This is true under normal circumstances, but these aren't normal circumstances. At some point, this is going to have to stop being a COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS which is how they ordinarily think of it. This is what they have to get their heads around.

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                • #9
                  Re: Airlines Fly Away From Ebola, Leaving Aid Workers Stranded

                  Agree with that 100% USALady

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                  • #10
                    Re: Airlines Fly Away From Ebola, Leaving Aid Workers Stranded

                    If there's going be politics on this forum, it's a good way to lose views and posts.
                    In the larger world, its a good way to lose cooperation.

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