Kenya to resume International flights from August 1

The move comes after three months of suspension of all travels in and out of the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced that all international flights shall resume from August 1.

The President also announced the resumption of local flights from July 15 under strict guidelines in the country’s planned phased reopening.

Airlines grounded their passenger flights early this year following restriction measures including inter-states border closures to tame the spread of coronavirus globally.

The national carrier, Kenya Airways is among the airlines affected by the global restrictions, it has joined other airlines in unveiling far-reaching measures such as laying off employees to stay afloat.

“This will be in strict conformity with all protocols from the Ministry of Health, local as well as international civil aviation authorities and any additional requirements applicable at the ports of departure arrival or transit,” Uhuru said.

According to Uhuru, some experts have recommended reopening the county in order to save the dwindling economy.

“They argued that Covid-19 was a health crisis alright; but it was also an economic crisis at the core. If we take care of the economics of Corona, they argued, the health crisis will be easier to manage; more so with the necessary protocols in place,” he said.

Aviation industry  has taken a lion’s share of the coronavirus heat with most countries having suspended all international flights.

The passenger business of the global air transport industry is estimated by IATA to make revenue losses between $63 billion (Sh6.3 trillion) and $113 billion (Sh11.3 trillion) in 2020.

Kenya Airways, reported a gross loss of Sh12.98 billion, a 71 per cent drop compared to Sh7.55 billion loss the previous year.

This resulted to massive layoffs as the airline tried to adjust to the new normal.

KQ has sent home 182 pilots with more than 400 cabin crew facing job losses, raising questions over the future of the carrier.