Kenya has suspended all inbound and transit passenger flights from the United Arabs Emirates for seven days.
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director-General Gilbert Kibe said the suspension took effect on Monday midnight, January 10.
“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,” Kibe said on Tuesday.
The ban will ,however, not affect cargo flights that will continue their normal operations.
The move comes barely days after UAE extended Kenya flight ban after a realization that travelers from Nairobi were testing positive for Covid-19 after arrival in the Middle East nation, despite showing negative test result certificates.
Kibe noted the scheme involved a racket of private medical testing centers that liaise with travelers to issue fake Covid-19 PCR results to aid their travel to Dubai.
Kenya’s health ministry has thus launched an investigation into the matter with a view to bringing to book health officials who were involved in the shoddy deal that has now cost Kenya millions of shillings in lost passenger revenues.
On December 29, 2021, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) imposed a 48-hour suspension on all flights from Kenya to the nation.
The Kenyan suspension did not affect cargo freights and passenger flights from Dubai to Nairobi.