Tanzania bans Kenyan Flights from its Airspace
Tanzania responded to Kenya’s settlement which excluded Tanzanian flights from the list of flights allowed to Kenya. It announced on Friday 31st July that it will not allow flights from Kenya into its airspace. Reports from the authority say that the decision was made after Kenya failed to include Tanzania to the list of countries whose passengers will be allowed into Kenya.
The Tanzanian government decided to nullify its approval for Kenya Airways flights between Nairobi and Daresalaam, Nairobi and Kilimanjaro, Nairobi and Zanzibar. The ban will effective from August 1 to October 24 according to the statement. Tanzanian Civil Aviation TCAA stated that it had revoked the approval for Kenya Airways for three months. The civil authority also added that it had served the Kenyan government with a letter of notice after the decision was made.
Kenya had added 7 more countries to its list of countries whose passengers would be allowed into the country when international flights resume. Earlier on July 30, Kenya’s transport CS James Macharia read out a list of countries that would be permitted to resume flights to Kenya. The countries included China, Zimbabwe, France, Qatar, South Korea, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Namibia and Morocco.
According to Kenya, Tanzania has refused to give its daily updates of the virus .even the international bodies including the United States Embassy raised concerns about the issue. They say Tanzania could be covering up cases of Covid-19. Kenyan health CS stated that the approach to resume the international flights was not focusing on international flights but on Kenyans’ safety.
The passengers arriving in Kenya should not experience flu like symptoms and those who do will be taken to quarantine for a period of 14 days. The CS however noted that there is an initial list of countries from which passengers will be allowed entry into kenya.