Tanzania’s aviation watchdog lifts ban on Kenyan flights

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DAR ES SALAAM, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) — Tanzania’s civil aviation watchdog on Wednesday announced the lifting of a ban it had imposed on Kenyan airline operators to fly into the country.

Hamza Johari, the director general of the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA), said in a terse statement that Kenyan airline operators were now free to operate in Tanzania, including Kenya Airways, Fly 540 Limited, Safarilink Aviation and AirKenya Express Limited.

The statement said the lifting of the ban on Kenya airline operators followed the Kenyan government’s removal of 14 days mandatory quarantine for all passengers arriving from Tanzania.

“The resumption and restoration of flights for all Kenyan operators is with immediate effect and Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has been informed accordingly,” said the statement.

It added that Tanzania will always strive to adhere to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation and bilateral air services agreement between the two countries.

Last month, Tanzania nullified its approval for Kenyan airline operators into the country after Kenya had excluded Tanzania on the list of countries whose passengers were allowed to enter Kenya without being quarantined for 14 days amid the COVID-19 crisis. Enditem

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