Kenya Airlines resumes international flights

Kenyan Airway cargo plane
Ernest Sunday

Following the easing of restriction ordered by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kenyan Airways have announced that it has resumed international passenger services.

According to the airways the first international flights took off on August 1, 2020, with the craft landing in different global destinations such as London, Dubai, Addis Ababa, Kigali, and Lusaka.

The Airway added that during August there would be a gradual increase in the traveller's channel with Paris, Mumbai and Amsterdam among the listed destination.

In Africa, Accra, Dzaoudzi, Freetown, Harare, Kilimanjaro, Lagos, Monrovia, Moroni, Nampula and Zanzibar are the destinations included. At the same time, it said that other destination not mentioned would depend on the demand and other factors.

The Airline also revealed that plans to start its operations to the United States, China and Thailand from October 2020 are underway.

"Since resuming domestic flights on 15th July 2020, we have been monitoring the adherence to the protocols that we have in place to ensure the health and safety of our customers and staff, and I am pleased that they are being enforced and followed strictly," said the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Airways, Allan Kilavuka.

"The resumption of our international flights is an important milestone for us.

"Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued to provide connections for our farmer's produce to reach international markets, medical supplies to reach our people through our Cargo flights, as well as reuniting families through the repatriation flights we mounted with support from the government of Kenya.

"We look forward to welcoming our guests onboard from today onwards as we play our role in kick-starting economies, not only for Kenya but also for those countries that we operate to", he added.

Allan added that the Airway had acquired a process to keep its passengers safe through replacement of air in the craft with one from outside.

“All the aircraft are fitted with High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. The filters ensure that the quality of air onboard is kept clean by constant filtration and replacement with air from outside the aircraft.

"They also trap particulates such as in bacteria, and as the air flows primarily from the ceiling to the floor, it helps minimize particulates spreading throughout the cabin. The airline will continuously review the protocols in place and update where necessary to ensure the health and safety of all."

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