Kenya allows Tanzanian airline into its airspace as row escalates

Tanzania's Precision Air. [Photo Nation]

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has allowed Tanzanian air airlines to fly into Kenya as a standoff between the two countries continues to bite.

According to KCAA Director-General, Gilbert Kibe, Tanzania’s Precision Air will still have its Kenyans traffic rights.

“Precision Air has an existing traffic rights and to the best of my knowledge it will not be cancelled,” Kibe told Business Daily.

Last week, Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) nullified traffic rights for Safarilinks, AirExpress Kenya and Fly540.

TCAA said this was a result of Kenya’s “high handedness” in her insistence of having all Tanzanian passengers undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Kenya.

Tanzania said that only her people are subjected to the quarantine as other passengers from 130 different destinations are allowed to proceed with their business in Kenya.

Tanzania first banned Kenya Airways from flying into its airspace in early August in what it termed as “a reciprocal” move for being left out in the list of countries Kenya allowed into its airspace.

However, KCAA says it is in talks with Tanzania in a bid to resolve the standoff that could ruin the harmony of the two countries.

Kenya Airways chief executive officer Allan Kilavuka said that Tanzania remains a prime destination for Kenya.

He added that he is optimistic the row will be squared out for Kenyan Airways and other Kenyan airlines to be allowed to operate this route.

“We hope that this issue will be resolved fast,” said Kilavuka.