Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has suspended service to Conakry, Guinea, citing the outbreak of the
Emirates is the first major international carrier to halt service in response to the outbreak. Several carriers have begun screening passengers before they board flights out of the Ebola-affected areas.
"We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers, however the safety of our passengers and crew is of the highest priority and will not be compromised," the airline said in a statement.
Emirates said its actions were "guided by the advice and updates from the government and international health authorities."
But neither the World Health Organization nor the International Civil Aviation Organization have called for a suspension of air service. Instead, the WHO has recommended that travelers going in and out of the affected areas simply be educated on how to avoid contracting Ebola.
The WHO also said that screening passengers at points of departure or arrival is not recommended and would not likely detect anyone infected with Ebola.
The virus, which is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids or tissues of infected animals or people, has been blamed for the deaths of 887 people, according to the WHO.
"As a result, the air cabin environment is not conducive to the spread of most infectious diseases," the agency says.