Kenya Airways set to resume full schedule to Tanzania this week


(Posted 23rd March 2015)

Kenya Airways was the most affected airline during the aviation spat between Tanzania and Kenya last week, until the two heads of state on the sidelines of an official visit to Namibia sat down and put an end to the trench warfare of their respective bureaucrats.

Kenya Airways subsequently issued the following statement to reassure their passengers from both countries that normal operations would resume today:

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Kenya Airways would like to express gratitude to the Governments of Kenya and Tanzania for resolving the Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASA) in a timely manner. The developments will see the airline resume full operations to Dar -es -Salaam following the announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The airline had reduced its flights to the Tanzanian city from 42 to 14 last week.

Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Mbuvi Ngunze expressed the airline’s appreciation for the expeditious resolution of the pending issues pertaining to the BASA. “Tomorrow we will announce the steps towards normalization of the previous schedule to Dar es Salaam," said Mr Ngunze.

Transport is a critical pillar in the integration of the East African Community and Kenya Airways remains committed to continue playing its role in promoting the growth of the regional economy and working with all stakeholders in achieving this goal.

We thank our Guests for their patience and apologize for inconvenience caused during this period. We look forward to welcoming you aboard soon.

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Travel agents, tour operators, hotels, resorts and the business community at large also expressed their relief that the restrictions imposed on air transport originating from Kenya by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority had now been lifted. Watch this space for breaking and regular aviation news from across Eastern Africa.