The Kenya-Tanzania feud arising from the Covid-19 pandemic has ended, as Kenyan airlines have now been allowed to resume flights to the neighboring country.

Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) announced that it had lifted the suspension of Kenyan carriers from operating their country’s airspace.

In a statement issued in Dar es Salaam, TCAA director-general Hamza Johari said the authority was acting on a reciprocal basis after its counterpart, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), included Tanzania on a revised list of countries exempted from the 14-day Covid-19 mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

“In view of that and on a reciprocal basis, Tanzania has now lifted the suspension for all Kenyan operators namely, Kenya Airways, Fly 540 Limited, Safarilink Aviation and AirKenya Express Limited,” TCAA chief Johari said. “The resumption and restoration of flights for all Kenyan operators is with immediate effect and the KCAA has been informed accordingly.”

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Tanzania had cancelled its approval for Kenya Airways to land in the country with effect from August 1, after Kenya excluded it from a list of countries whose passengers are allowed to enter its territory without being quarantined for 14 days. 

The feud between the two East African Community member countries was sparked by their different approaches to combating the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Tanzanian Government has been adamant that it is a coronavirus-free country, a decision that prompted Kenya to include it on its red list.

The resumption of domestic flights and international flights has come as a relief to both countries, as they seek to revive their economies.

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