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Kenya Airways resumes international flights to 30 destinations across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East following the easing of movement restrictions.
(African Stand) — Kenya Airways will resume international passenger flights to 30 destinations across Africa, the Middle East, and Europe on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
The first international flights on Saturday will depart to London, Dubai, Addis Ababa, Kigali, Dar es Salaam and Lusaka.
“Since resuming domestic flights on 15th July 2020, we have been monitoring the adherence to the protocols that we have in place to ensure the health and safety of our customers and staff, and I am pleased that they are being enforced and followed strictly,” said Allan Kilavuka, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Airways.
The Airline plans to start operations to the USA, China, and Thailand from October 2020. “These destinations require the bulk of the network to open up to sustain adequate traffic on the routes,” said the company in a statement.
“The resumption of our international flights is an important step for us. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued to provide connections for our farmer’s produce to reach international markets, medical supplies to reach our people through our Cargo flights, as well as reuniting families through the repatriation flights we mounted with support from the Government of Kenya. We look forward to welcoming our guests onboard as we play our role in kick-starting economies, not only for Kenya but also for those countries that we operate to,” Allan Kilavuka added.
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Some of the safety measures the airline has put in place to ensure the safety of passengers include; the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) by the flight crew and airport workers where necessary, and limited interaction between crew and passengers.
The airline is also providing sanitizer stations onboard and washing of hands will be encouraged by the crew onboard the flights.
According to the Kenya Airways Chairman of the Board, Michael Joseph, “The global economic and geopolitical context remains uncertain and it will take another 2-3 years to gain the confidence of travelers and begin the path to recovery for air travel demand. Several industry watchers predict that it will be a few years before air travel returns to the 2019 levels.”
“However, the resumption of international flights from Nairobi to the world is a major step towards recovery, as it will enable local businesses to connect with global markets, contributing favorably to the Kenyan economy and towards the sustainable development of the continent,” he added.