The national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), has suspended passenger flights to and from Mumbai, India, until further notice.

In a statement issued in Nairobi on Friday, 30th April, the airline said the decision was in line with the government’s directive to suspend all passenger flights to and from India.

KQ said its last passenger flight will arrive in Nairobi from Mumbai before midnight on Saturday, 1st May.

However, cargo operations will continue to run to facilitate the delivery of emergency supplies, including pharmaceuticals and medical equipment to Kenya and across Africa.

Customers affected by the suspension have been urged to change their bookings for later travel or for a voucher that can be redeemed for future travels within 12 months.

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This comes days after the government suspended all flights to and from India for 14 days.

Speaking on Wednesday, 28th April, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that the National Response Committee (NERC) had resolved to suspend all passenger flights following an upsurge of Covid-19 cases in India.

“Given the dire events in India, we resolved to suspend all passenger flights in and out of the country for a period of 14 days. This suspension is to take effect from midnight this coming Saturday,” he said

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Kagwe said that passengers arriving from India would be tested first before undergoing a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

“All passengers arriving from India within these 72 hours shall be subjected to rapid antigen testing upon arrival at our ports of entry and shall be required to strictly observe a 14-day quarantine period that will be closely monitored by our health officials.”

Other countries that have also restricted air travel to India include France, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, Oman, Canada, and Singapore.

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