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    Stop protecting own carriers, open Africa’s skies – Balala

    This, as most national carriers, including Kenya Airways , continue to struggle with losses. A number the continent’s national carriers have since wounded up over huge losses and debt. “Protecting individual country’s airlines is not a solution. We need to walk the talk in the continent of Africa; to open the airspace,” Balala said. He spoke during a virtual tourism forum dubbed ‘Invest, Rebuild and Restart the African Tourism Sector’. Opening the skies will in turn help growth of tourism by making travel within the continent much easier, he said. Africa is home to 12 per cent of the world’s […] More

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    We are protecting African markets, UK says on red listing

    The travel ban comes into effect today( April 9), effectively restricting Kenyans or anybody transiting through Kenyan airports from setting foot in the UK. British, Irish and third-country nationals with residence rights (including long-term visa holders) arriving from red listed countries are allowed, but will be required to self-isolate (quarantine) in a government-approved hotel facility for 10 days. It had however not imposed any restrictions on its citizens until Kenya, on Saturday, retaliated by banning visitors from the UK. The two countries have restricting commercial passenger flights from landing in their territories. “All UK government officials and diplomats must have […] More

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    IMF asks Kenya to limit support to struggling State corporations

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has asked the National Treasury to limit its support to struggling State owned enterprises (SOEs) as part of new financing conditions. In its latest country report published on Wednesday, the IMF wants the exchequer to limit its support to State Corporations and grant new funding on the basis of urgent demands only. The National Treasury has been undertaking and evaluation of fiscal risks presented by its SOEs to the end of last month with the analysis forming the basis for the expected restructure of the enterprises. The evaluation has involved nine entities including Kenya Airways […] More

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    African airlines lost Sh200bn in 2020

    The International Air Transport Associations (IATA) wants African governments to bail out airlines to forestall their collapse occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.. The global airline association said this  as the continental airlines posted a combined $2 billion (over Sh200 billion) loss in 2020. ”This year we expect only a slight improvement ($1.7  billion loss) as the struggle with Covid-19 continues,” IATA said. It said it is unlikely that traffic will return to post coronavirus until 2023.  Financial relief measures are still desperately needed, particularly those that do not increase the industry’s debt burden In Kenya, the national carrier known by […] More

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    Kenya Airways to suspend passenger flights to the UK from Friday

    Kenya Airways will suspend its passenger flights to the United Kingdom effective on Friday, April 9, 2021. According to the announcement made on Monday, the suspension will remain in place until further notice. This comes following the move by the UK to prohibit Kenyan visitors from landing into its territory over the surging cases of coronavirus infections. “The suspension is due to the directive issued by the government of Kenya suspending all the flights from the UK effective midnight April 9, 2021,” KQ management said. The British High Commission had informed Kenya of plans to add Kenya to its Covid-19- […] More

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    KQ releases frozen pilots pay amid salary cuts tiff

    Companies KQ releases frozen pilots pay amid salary cuts tiff Monday April 05 2021 A Kenya Airways aircraft at JKIA. FILE PHOTO | NMG By BONFACE OTIENOMore by this Author Summary The Kenya Airline Pilots Association (Kalpa) — which represents about 414 KQ pilots — told the Business Daily Sunday that the airline paid pilots 70 percent of their March pay. The national carrier had withheld the March pay, which is normally paid before 25th of every month, after the pilots demanded a smaller salary cut. Kenya Airways #ticker:KQ (KQ) has released frozen pilot pay, shrugging off a row over […] More

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    Travel row: Kenya issues travel advisory to visitors from UK

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a travel advisory for visitors coming into Kenya from the United Kingdom a day after the European country gave notice to travellers originating from Kenya. UK’s travel advisory On Friday, the UK issued a statement saying that from April 9, visitors who have been in or transited through Kenya in the previous 10 days will be denied entry into England, says UK Embassy citing Covid-19 risks. “There are new restrictions for entering the UK from Kenya. From 0400 UK time on 9 April, visitors who have been in or transited through Kenya in […] More

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    Kenya Airways increases flights to UK to beat travel advisory deadline

    Kenya Airways has added two repatriation flights on April 4 and 8 to meet increased demand for travel to the UK before the European Country’s travel advisory takes effect on April 9. “Due to the increased demand for travel to the UK before the advisory takes effect on April 9, we have added 2 new flights on April 4 and 8,” read a statement from KQ. The UK will not accept foreign nationals travelling from or via Kenya to the UK, including transit passengers who might only pass through JKIA, Nairobi. “Customers impacted by this directive may change their bookings […] More

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    Private jab imports banned as the UK blacklists Kenya

    A shipment of doses of the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine. [Reuters] The government has banned the sale of the Russian Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V days after Deputy President William Ruto received the jab. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said yesterday that the government will not approve the Sputnik V vaccine for distribution because it is not on the WHO-approved list of Covid-19 vaccines. “Vaccines being used in Kenya have been cleared by two institutions, the first institution is WHO and the second is Pharmacy and Poisons Board,” he said. He added that “if a vaccine has not been cleared by […] More

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    Matiang’i Lists Kenyans Exempted from Curfew

    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i published a list of personnel classified as essential services providers who would not be affected by the revised curfew hours instituted by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, March 26. According to the Gazette notice, the list includes medical professionals and health workers, National security, administration and coordination of national government officers, licensed pharmaceuticals companies, licensed broadcasters, and media houses. Others include the Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Airports Authority and Licensed Civil Aviation Service Providers, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Kenya Airways PLC. Kenya Revenue Authority Offices along Mombasa Road, Nairobi. Facebook Other Kenyans exempted from the curfew hours include the […] More

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