Kenya opens up sky for International Flights
Kenya will open its airspace to international flights on August 1 after nearly four months of closure as a result of the covid-19 pandemic that has grounded several world airlines to a halth since early March.
President Uhuru Kenyatta made this announcement on Tuesday this week.
The president said that this will be conducted “in strict conformity with all applicable guidelines and protocols from both the Ministry of Health and our Civil Aviation Authority.”
The openning of the airspace means that the country’s national carrier Kenya Airway can resume international flights.
The airline which has during the pandemic been only offering cargo services last week resumed domestic flights
So far, KQ has already lost more than $100m because of the coronavirus and the figure is expected to rise to about $400 million by the end of the year.
KQ could become the third regional airline to announce the resumption of international flights after Air Tanzania and Rwandair.
RwandAir too prepares to resume international flights on August 1st to destinations that have already opened up their airspaces to international flights according to Gobena Mikael, the Airline’s Chief Commercial Officer.
Air Tanzania is also set to resume international flights after President John Magufuli opened the country’s airspace.
Their Ugandan counterpart, the Uganda Airlines still lies in uncertainty after President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday maintained a four month long closure of the country’s airspace.
“I know we are losing a lot of money in tourism, but health is better than wealth. Borders will also remain closed,” Museveni said.
A June survey in 11 countries conducted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed that there is still fear of the rsik of catching the coronavirus among passengers.
The uphill task the industry faces as regional and international airspaces open is to restore travellers confidence.