The air border impasse between Kenya and Tanzania has escalated following the banning of three more Kenyan airlines from flying to Tanzania.
The two East African powerhouses are at cross roads over the management of the coronavirus. Kenya released an initial list excluding Tanzania from countries whose nationals are exempted from mandatory 14-day quarantine. The list has since been revised to 100 countries still excluding neighbours, Tanzania.
Tanzania in response quoted the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) reciprocal principle in banning initially Kenya Airways. This week Tanzania further banned Air Kenyan Express, Safarilink and Fly540 all Nairobi based airline that had resumed service to various destinations in Tanzania.
Speaking to local media, The Citizen, Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority Director General Hamza Johari said, “The basis of the decision to nullify our approval for the three Kenyan airlines is the on-going dispute between the two countries.”
“Some countries are allowed to enter Kenya without the same conditions despite having very high infections of Covid19,” Johari added.
The impasse has the potential to further affect the tourism and commerce industries of both countries that are already reeling from the effects of the coronavirus. Both countries have resumed international flights within and outside Africa, with foreign airlines resuming services to both destinations.
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