Tanzania Decided Kenyans Are Now Welcome to Fly
After months of banning Kenyan airlines from Tanzanian airspace, the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority has made an about turn. Only Kenyan Airways, Fly 540, Safarilink Aviation and AirKenya have been allowed to do so though.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) said it has lifted the suspension of all Kenyan operators including Kenya Airways, Fly 540 Limited, SafariLink Aviation and AirKenya Express Limited.
The end of the blockade follows the inclusion of Tanzania on the ‘safe flights list’ ending the requirement to have arrivals from the country enter a 14-day mandatory quarantine upon landing in Kenya.
“This is to confirm that the Government of the Republic of Kenya through a circular issued by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) on September 15 removed the requirement of 14 days mandatory quarantine for all arriving passengers from the United Republic of Tanzania,” noted TCAA.
Attempts by Transport CS James Macharia to iron out the differences with his Tanzanian counterpart hit a brick wall as Tanzania held its ground.
Kenya has continued expanding its list of exemption from the 14-day quarantine rule and currently allows nationals from 147 countries to enter its borders on loosened restrictions.
The government of Kenya had established the protocols as a COVID-19 containment measure.
The end of the impasse with Tanzania is expected to mark relief for the domestic carriers operating between the pair of countries including the popular Zanzibar route.
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