Kenya and Tanzania have resolved the overnight impasse that had seen Kenya Airways being banned from landing into Tanzania. Both countries are due to make official statements on the redress of the impasse.
This comes after Kenyan authorities announced a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter into Kenya ahead of the re-opening of her borders on 01 August 2020. The list excluded announced on Thursday 30 July 2020 had excluded Tanzanian nationals.
Addressing the media, the Kenya Official Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the countries have either mild cases or have been recording a decrease in the transmission of the Coronavirus. He added “Travellers from these 11 countries will be initially allowed to enter Kenya at the resumption of international air travel, China, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Switzerland, Rwanda, Uganda, Namibia and Morocco.
Kenya Airways had published a schedule for flights for August 2020, including flights to neighbouring destinations of Zanzibar from 02 August, Dar es Salaam on 01 August and Kilimanjaro from 08 August 2020.
This appears to not have gone down well with Tanzanian officials who on 31 July wrote to Kenya Airways. In a letter seen by Just African Aviation with a subject “Nullification of The Approval for Kenya Airways Revised Summer 2020 Schedule Effective 01 August to 24 October 2020.”
The letter reads “The United Republic of Tanzania has noted through a number of media its exclusion in the list of countries whose people will be allowed to travel into Kenya effective 01 August 2020.” The Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority further stated, “The Authority regrets to inform you that, on a reciprocal basis, the Tanzanian Government has decided to nullify its approval for Kenya Airways (KQ) flight between Nairobi and Dar/Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar effective 01 August until further notice.
TCAA Director General, Hamza Johari further stated that, this letter “also rescinds all previous arrangements that permit KQ flights into the United Republic of Tanzania.”
This position would have seen Kenya Airways being denied traffic rights into three key destinations of Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro and possibly from the entire Tanzanian airspace.
The resolving of this impasse is a mutually welcome development for both countries with close historical, tourism and economic ties.
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