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Tanzania hits back after being blacklisted by Kenya for international flights

Tanzanian tit-for-tat

Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufui

Tanzania on Friday issued a ban against Kenya Airways following a no-fly status to its citizens announced by Kenya's Transport CS James Macharia on Thursday.

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A statement by Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) Director-General Hamza Johari explained that the Kenyan airline will not be allowed into Tanzanian airspace despite a prior approval.

"The Authority regrets to inform you that, on a reciprocal basis, the Tanzanian government has decided to nullify its approval for the Kenya Airways flights between Nairobi and Dar/Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar effective 1st August 2020 until further notice.

"This notice also rescinds all previous arrangements that permit KQ flights into the United Republic of Tanzania," the letter read in part.

Kenya approved passengers from 11 countries to travel into the country as international flights resume.

Among the approved countries are Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda which CS Macharia noted had acceptable preventive measures against the spread of Covid-19

The CS later added 7 more countries to the list of approved fights. These are:-

  1. United States of America (except for California, Florida and Texas)
  2. United Kingdom
  3. France
  4. Netherlands
  5. Qatar
  6. United Arab Emirates
  7. Italy

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