Kenya to resume international travel from August 1

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. [Photo Kenya Airports Authority]

International flights will commence on August 1, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Monday.

Uhuru in the State of the Nation address said that domestic flights will resume from July 15.

However, they will only be allowed to operate if they meet strict guidelines developed by the Ministry of Transport in tandem with the Ministry of Health.

“This will be in strict conformity with all protocols from the Ministry of Health, local as well as international civil aviation authorities and any additional requirements applicable at the ports of departure arrival or transit,” he said.

The airline industry had been grounded for three months.

KQ will reopen weeks after laying off a sizeable number of its employees.

At least 182 Kenya Airways pilots and over 400 cabin crew have been axed as the national airline grapples with the aftershocks of COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, 22 pilots have been issued redundancy letters, marking the start of what will happen to 160 others and 400 cabin crew in the coming days.

“I regret to advise you of management’s decision to terminate your appointment by giving you one month notice with effect from June 24, 2020,” copy of the letters given to the pilots, signed by Chief Human Resources Officer Evelyne Munyoki reads in part.

The president also lifted cessation in Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera.

Public Service Vehicles (PSV) plying various routes into and out the CBD will, however, be required to seek certification from the Ministry of Health to operate.

The partial reopening of this sector is expected to revive the economy and salvage many livelihoods that are reeling in struggle after its closure three months ago.

Uhuru also announced that churches will also be reopened but will only allow a maximum of 100 people.