On 6th June, The Government of Kenya through his Excellency The President, Uhuru Kenyatta, gave extensions for air travel and mandated the ministry to come up with more articulate and guidelines/protocols that will see the sector resume.
Kenya added 30 days of cessation of movement within its major cities, Nairobi and Mombasa, citing a high rate of COVID 19 transmission.
The Air travel resumption will start with local flights as they prepare to open for international flights, which dates are not yet set. Air Kenya, Safari Link, and other many safaris and Local Flights in Kenya had plans to resume flights from Nairobi to other key and major cities in Kenya. With the extension of cessation, this makes the operators postpone their opening dates until further notice.
The President of Kenya gave out one week for these protocols to be completed and given to Kenyans ready for local flight travels.
Kenya Airways and JKIA have of recent been seen busy to create guidelines and processes of checking in and out of the Airport. But due to government medical experts, the government was advised it was not the right time to open up the economy and travel within the country.
Domestic Tourism in Kenya has been seen to rise as they take advantage of visit the only park in a metropolitan city in the whole world, Nairobi National Park, and other sightseeing attractions that are within the metropolitan borders.
It is not yet known when the government will announce the opening up of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Tanzania Opened their skies international flights, with the Ethiopia Airways being their first plan to land on 1st June at the Kilimanjaro Airport. More flights that were scheduled for Tanzania, canceled citing fewer passengers and COVID 19 Measures. Tanzania and Zanzibar opened their tourism operations for even international guests. Ngorongoro Conservation Area announced readiness to receive guests.
South Africa will start with local flights to control the spread of COVID with Mango Air and others gearing up to fly. Kruger National Park also opened up for local self-drive day tours as it puts in measures to control and ensure health safety is adhered to.
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