Rifts are deeping between the two East African Community states as Tanzania has banned Kenya’s national carrier from flying into the country
According to a letter by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA), Kenya Airways flights were being banned “on a reciprocal basis” after the Kenyan decided against including Tanzania in a list of countries whose passengers would be allowed to enter Kenya when commercial flights resumed on Saturday following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.
“Tanzania has noted … its exclusion in the list of countries whose people will be allowed to travel into Kenya,” read excerpts of the stement.
“The Tanzanian government has decided to nullify its approval for Kenya Airways (KQ) flights between Nairobi and Dar/Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar effective August 1, 2020 until further notice,”
“This letter also rescinds all previous arrangements that permit KQ flights into the United Republic of Tanzania.”
Kenya Airways chief executive Allan Kilavuka said on Saturday he was “saddened” by the letter and hoped the situation would soon be resolved.