tanzania lifts suspension kenyan flights

Tanzania Lifts Suspension For Kenyan Flight Operators

Tanzania has lifted suspension of Kenyan flights effective immediately.

In a letter, Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) director general Hamza Johari said the ban was lifted after Kenya exempted its nationals from mandatory quarantine.

“For the purpose of this release, therefore, the resumption and restoration of flights for all operators are with immediate effect,” Mr Johari said.

He further stated that the East African country will strive to adhere to the fundamental principles and bilateral air services between the two states.

tanzania lifts suspension kenyan flights

Read: Tanzania Makes It On List Of Countries Allowed Into Kenya’s Airspace

On Tuesday, the John Magufuli-led country joined a list of 147 countries allowed into the country.

Other African nations on the list include: Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, New Guinea, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia.

Tanzania has been feuding with Kenya for months now after President Uhuru Kenyatta closed the Tanzania-Kenya border in May.

When international flights resumed on August 1, Tanzania was missing from the list of countries allowed into Kenya’s airspace.

tanzania lifts ban for kenyan flights
Tanzanian President John Magufuli and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Courtesy]
Read Also: Magufuli Bans 3 More Kenyan Airlines From Flying Into Tanzania

In retaliation, Tanzania banned Kenya Airways flights.

In a letter to KQ management from the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority Director General Hamza, the national carrier’s  clearance was revoked.

“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,” the letter read.

Three weeks ago, the Tanzanian government banned three Kenyan airlines from its airspace.

They were: AirKenya Express, Fly540, and Safarilink Aviation.

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