Tanzania Retaliates, Bans Kenya Airways Flights

Tanzania has banned Kenya Airways (KQ) flights from flying to its airports.

This is in response to Kenya’s decision to exclude Tanzania from the list of countries whose passengers are allowed to travel to Kenya as international flights resume in the country on Saturday.

Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority Director General Hamza Johari in a letter to KQ said the airline’s clearance has been withdrawn.

"The Authority regrets to inform you that, on a reciprocal basis, the Tanzanian Government has decided to nullify its approval for Kenya Airways flights between Nairobi and Dar/Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar effective August 1, 2020, until further notice," the letter said.

Kenya has cleared flights to and from 18 countries including Uganda, Rwanda, and Ethiopia but Tanzania was left out.

The Tanzanian government declared the country Covid-19-free and has not released any Covid-19 data since April when the country had 509 cases.

Also cleared are the US (except California, Florida, and Texas) United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Italy.

Others are China, Zimbabwe, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Namibia, and Morocco.

Transport CS James Macharia said the list of countries and regulations will be reviewed from time to time.

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