Kenya has suspended all inbound and transit passenger flights from the United Arabs Emirates, for seven days.
The suspension is effective from Monday this week.
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), says this was done to reciprocate a ban on Kenyan passenger flights to UAE.
The ban will not affect cargo flights, which will continue with normal operations.
In December last year, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority suspended all air transport services with inbound and transit passenger movements from Kenya.
The Dubai aviation regulator expressed concern that travellers from Nairobi were testing positive for Covid-19 on arrival, despite carrying negative test results.
Speaking to local dailies, KCAA director general Gilbert Kibe said there was a scheme involving private medical testing centres colluding with travellers to issue fake Covid PCR results to aid their travel to Dubai.
Kenya’s health ministry has launched a probe on the matter.
The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) announced a 48-hour suspension on all flights from Kenya to the Middle East nation on December 20, 2021.
On December 29, 2021, Emirates Airline said that it has, in turn, extended its flights from Kenya suspension to comply with the directive that was to end on December 24 until further notice.
However, the Kenyan suspension did not affect cargo flights and passenger flights from Dubai to Nairobi.
The extension of the suspension of all inbound and transit passenger flights from Kenya came barely a few days after Kenya Airways (KQ) suspended passenger flights to Dubai following the flights’ ban by the Middle East country amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in Kenya.
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