Kenya has suspended all inbound and transit passenger flights from the United Arabs Emirates (UAE) for seven days.
The suspension is to retaliate against a move by Dubai to ban all passenger flights from Kenya over fake Covid tests.
The suspension was confirmed by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director General, Gilbert Kibe, who noted that the suspension took effect yesterday night.
“Inbound and transit passenger flights from UAE are suspended for a period of seven days. We are doing this to reciprocate a ban on Kenyan passenger flights to UAE,” KCAA said.
The ban will however, not affect cargo flights which will continue with normal operations.
UAE extended Kenya flight ban after it established that travellers from Nairobi were testing positive for Covid-19 after arrival in the Middle East nation, despite carrying negative test results.
Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) said customers will not be accepted for travel on Emirates flights in Nairobi during this time.
“Customers will not be accepted for travel on Emirates flights at Nairobi during this time,” read an excerpt from the Authority’s statement.
At the time, DCAA asked affected customers not to call immediately, rather, hold onto their tickets until flights resume.
“…get in touch with their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans. Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused.”