Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has denied claims that Kenya has prohibited Tanzania’s planes from landing in the country.
Speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi, on Saturday, 1st August, after Kenya reopened its airspace for international flights, Macharia said that Kenya and Tanzania had resolved the air travel issue.
“We have not banned any country from coming into Kenya. We have not closed our airspace. What we have done is have quarantine measures imposed on some countries based on risk assessment,” he explained.
“I want to clarify that Kenya has never banned flights or travellers from Tanzania. What we have done is to establish protocols, which will affect several countries. The advisory by Tanzania in regard to KQ will be addressed.”
The CS said that he had communicated with Tanzanian authorities regarding the issue, clarifying that the two countries are on good terms.
“Travellers from Tanzania can come in as early as today. We never stopped those flights. This very minor issue has been sorted out and we believe that if not today, by tomorrow we shall find Kenya Airways flying again to Tanzania,” he said.
Tanzania was left out in the first list of countries whose citizens are allowed to fly into Kenya.
Those allowed are China, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Uganda, France, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Switzerland and Morocco.
However, the CS said that the list would be reviewed depending on the prevailing circumstances and after comprehensive global mapping of the intensity of the disease.