Tanzania lifts ban on Kenyan Airlines after 2 weeks Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has lifted a ban on Kenyan airlines with immediate effect.
This has been announced by the TCAA Director-General, Hamza Johari who noted that the decision was based on Kenya’s action which saw the two week mandatory quarantine period for people arriving from Tanzania scrapped.
“In view of that and on a reciprocal basis, Tanzania has now lifted the suspension for all Kenyan Operators namely, Kenya Airways, Fly 540 Limited, Safarilink Aviation, and AirKenya Express Limited,” Johari said.
Since the return of international flights on August 1, Kenya Airways, alongside three other Kenyan airlines – AirKenya Express, Fly540, and Safarilink Aviation had been locked out of Tanzanian airspace after Kenya retained Tanzania on the red list of nations with a high risk of coronavirus denying its citizens unrestricted entry into Kenya.
However this decision was revoked Tuesday.
On receiving the news scrapping the ban by Tanzania, Kenya Airways announced it would make its first flight to Dar es Salaam on Monday.
“Our first flight to Dar es Salaam will be on Monday, September 21, where we shall have only a morning flight and the second flight will be on 23rd, and we shall be having two flights henceforth. Zanzibar flights will resume on September 26 on three flights weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday,” said KQ in a statement issued Wednesday.
Before the ban, KQ had planned two daily flights to Dar and three weekly flights to Zanzibar. Regardless of the ban, KQ had resumed flights to 30 destinations excluding Tanzania. It resumed international passenger service on August 1 with flights to Britain and Ethiopia while domestic service restarted on July 15 after the service was suspended in March to contain the spread of COVID-19.
In West Africa, the national carrier has already commenced operations on the Nairobi-Dakar (Senegal) route. Flights to Ghana resumed Wednesday while flights to Sierra Leone resume today (Thursday).
KQ also said in a recent advertisement that it will fly four times a week to Accra and twice weekly to Freetown and Monrovia.