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Tanzania bans Kenyan Airlines from it’s Airspace

Tanzania bans Kenyan Airlines from it’s Airspace: Tanzania bans Kenyan Airlines from it’s Airspace:

Tanzania has banned another three Kenyan private Airlines from its airspace. This comes a few weeks after banning the country’s National Carrier KQ Airways over COVID-19 excuses.

The newly restricted Airlines include Fly540, Kenya Express and Safarilink Aviation.

This comes barely three weeks after banning the national carrier KQ Airways over COVID-19 excuses. But all this happen following Kenya’s insistence that Tanzanians have to quarantine for 14 days to be allow them in the country.

On Tuesday, the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) nullified the approval granted to the Kenyan airlines. They are Fly 540, Air Kenya Express and Safarilink Aviation, in what is now an escalation of the differences it is having with Nairobi. The Three airlines operates daily flights to and from Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.

According to TCAA director-general Hamza Johari said in the letter to Air Kenya’s operations manager. Reference is made to the approval for your summer schedule application extended to Air Kenya Express. The approval was granted to Air Kenya for schedule flight operations between Nairobi and Kilimanjaro. This is with effect from March 27 to October 25. However, we regret to inform you that this approval is hereby nullified.

Tanzania bans Kenyan Airlines from it’s Airspace
Tanzania bans Kenyan Airlines from it’s Airspace
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TCAA did not give any reasons as to why it was nullifying the approvals, only informing the privately owned Kenyan airlines. By saying that this notice now rescinds any previous approval allowing it to fly to Tanzania.

Tanzanian authorities say airlines on the ban should apply for afresh operations into Tanzania before consideration takes on.

Analysts say there should be another issue between Kenya and Tanzania but not COVID-19. But Tanzania is saying that is doing this because;

First of all to Kenyans from entering in their airspace because of the global pandemic. Currently Kenya has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in East Africa.

Secondly, Kenya telling people from Tanzania to quarantine for 14 days which they do not want.

Lastly, according to Ringo Paul situation analyst say that this may result into a big concern in future for EAC

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