Kenya to resume International air travel on August 1
Kenya’s aviation industry received a boost on Monday after the government announced a planned resumption of local and international air travel despite the country still reporting increased numbers of COVID-19 cases.
In March, the government suspended all international flights in and out of the country. In May, the government then extended a ban on commercial flights, with the exception of fights arriving to evacuate foreign nationals. In addition to emergency flights, cargo flights were also exempted during the suspension.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in an address to the nation said that domestic flights will resume on July 15 while international flights will resume on August 1.
These, President Kenyatta added, will be in strict conformity with all applicable guidelines and protocols from both the Ministry of Health and civil (local and international) aviation authorities. He noted that additional requirements applicable at the ports of departure, arrival or transit must be adhered to.
President Kenyatta said an agreement had been reached that the country had reached certain level for re-opening.
“According to the experts and stakeholders, we have not met the irreducible minimum 100 percent. However, consensus amongst them is that we have reached a reasonable level of preparedness across the country to allow us to re-open,” President Kenyatta said.
Kenya becomes the latest East African country to announce a resumption of air travel after Rwanda which said that its airports will reopen for scheduled commercial flight operations at the start of August.