Kenya bans flights from UAE in tit-for-tat

Kenya has suspended all incoming and transit passenger flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for seven days effective January 10, 2021, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) announced.

“We are doing this to counter a ban on Kenyan passenger flights to the UAE,” KCAA Director General Gilbert Kibe told local media.

The ban does not apply to cargo flights.

This follows a travel warning from Emirates (EK, Dubai Int’l) on 7 January that passengers to/from Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta will not be accepted on their flights until further notice. This also applies to passengers to/from Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Lusaka (Zambia), Harare Int’l (Zimbabwe), Lagos and Abuja (Nigeria) and Casablanca Int’l (Morocco), the airline said.

The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority on December 24 extended a temporary ban on all passenger flights out of Kenya until January 2, 2022 amid concerns over fake negative COVID-19 test results in Kenya.

Kenya Airways (KQ, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) operated in the Kenya-UAE market prior to the moratorium.

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