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Zika weighs on new Emirates flights to Panama

Friday, February 5, 2016

New direct Emirates Airline flights starting next month between Dubai and Panama will boost trade, officials predicted Thursday -- but the spread of the Zika virus through Latin America could deal a blow to passenger numbers.

Panama's foreign ministry said the service -- which will be the world's longest nonstop flight at 17 and a half hours -- will strengthen commercial and cultural ties between the Middle East and Central American hubs.

Source: Yahoo