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Kenya resumes domestic flights after coronavirus break

Domestic flights will revive the tourism sector and rescue the country’s economy from collapsing due to coronavirus effects.

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(African Stand) — Kenya’s main carrier, Kenya Airways has resumed its domestic flights with the first flight leaving for Mombasa’s Moi international airport on Wednesday morning.

Transport Minister, James Macharia says the resumption of local flights will revive the tourism sector and rescue the country’s economy from collapsing due to coronavirus effects.

“For short-haul flights, we have reduced the need for meals and that is no that we do not want to give meals, but just because we want to reduce the contact between people,” said Kilavuka.

He disclosed that the airline will first operate two flights daily to the coastal city of Mombasa and one to Kisumu before making a decision on whether or not to increase frequencies based on various factors including demand and safety.

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Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has assured travelers that it has implemented the Covid-19 containment measures and protocols issued by the Health Ministry.

“I would like to assure the public that Kenya Airports Authority has put in place the recommended health and safety protocols and we are ready to reconnect with our airport users,” said KAA Managing Director Alex Gitari.

“These protocols will be evaluated and updated whenever necessary. Accordingly, we request passengers and airport users to familiarize themselves and strictly observe the new protocols to safeguard the health and safety of all airport users,” he added.

Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the resumption of local and international flights beginning July 15th and August 1st respectively.

Kenya suspended all passenger flights three months ago following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Johnny Mapesa

Written by Johnny Mapesa

Johnny Mapesa is an award-winning Kenyan journalist who is driven with passion and has worked for several media brands both locally and internationally and currently working with African Stand.

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