COVID-19: Kenya Airways banned from Tanzanian airspace

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Baluku Geoffrey

Kenya Airways has been banned from Tanzanian airspace, Africa Tembelea has learnt.

According to a statement from Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA), approval granted to Kenya Airways to resume international flights to Tanzania has been revoked “on reciprocal basis.”

“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,” TCAA Director General Hamza. S. Johari said in a statement.

Africa Tembelea understands that this decision is a direct response to Kenya’s omission of Tanzania from the list of countries allowed to resume international flights into Kenya effective Saturday.

Earlier this week, Kenya’s Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said flights from Canada, Ethiopia, France, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Namibia, Qatar, Rwanda, South Korea, Switzerland, UAE, Uganda, UK, USA (except California, Florida and Texas) can resume flying to Kenya.

The passengers are required to arrive with Covid-19 negative certificates and body temperature not exceeding 37.5 degrees.

Review of countries from which travelers will not be required to be quarantined upon arrival will be undertaken by Ministry of Health on day to day basis.

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