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Emirates, KLM, Qatar Airways, British Airways Among International Airlines Set For Nairobi Return

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A host of international airlines on Sunday July 25 announced that they are set to resume operations in and out of Nairobi on August 1, four months after Kenya suspended all flights to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Emirates revealed that it would be operating a repatriation flight on Tuesday July 28 and added that ticket purchases can be made for onward flights as long as passengers comply to the regulations by the Ministry of Health.

The repatriation flight would depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi for Dubai at 4.15pm local time.

File image of Emirates’ flagship aircraft Airbus A380. Source: File

British Airways disclosed that it will operate 4 weekly flights, being on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Qatar Airways will also resume operations with 14 weekly flights, which are subject to regulatory approval.

Air France also revealed that it will begin with one flight to Paris every Friday, while KLM will begin with 4 flights to Amsterdam.

The announcement will offer respite to Kenyans in Diaspora in the United States and Canada, following uproar sparked by national carrier Kenya Airways’ decision to halt direct flights to the US on Wednesday July 22.

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala reiterated that health and safety remains the government’s topmost priority, amid the gradual reopening of the economy.

A Kenya Airways plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, USA. Source: File

The return to the skies by these airlines comes barely ten days after domestic flights resumed operations on July 15.

Kenya Airways and its subsidiary Jambojet are among airlines that are already operating domestic flights.

The resumption comes even as several measures have been effected at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport to ensure safety against the virus.

Passengers, for instance, will always be required to sanitize their hands several times as well as wearing masks.

Additionally, they will also be required to pass through temperature screening points to ensure safety.


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