Today, 1st August, Kenya airways has resumed its international flights after three months of its pause. This comes after the easing of restrictions on movement within the country as addressed by the president Uhuru Kenyatta.
The country had earlier opened domestic flights that started on 15th July and emphasis was put on monitoring passengers to observe the guidelines Put in place.
The first flights will start today 1st August to destinations in London, Kigali, Adis Ababa, Dubai, and Lusaka. There are more destinations already allocated, making the total number destinations 30. The administration further says that more destinations will be allocated according to demand.
The first flight to London has been flagged off today at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Kenyan minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (CAS).
Some of the safety measures the airline has put in place to ensure the safety of passengers include; the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) by the flight crew and airport workers where necessary, and limited interaction between crew and passengers. The airline is also providing sanitizer stations onboard and washing of hands will be encouraged by crew on board the flights.
All the aircrafts are fitted with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. The filters ensure that the quality of air on board is kept clean by constant filtration and replacement with air from outside the aircraft. These will also trap particulates such as viruses and bacteria, and as the air flows primarily from the ceiling to the floor, it helps minimize particulates spreading throughout the cabin.
The resumption of the international flights is meant to bring back Kenya’s lost revenue in the tourism industry where data indicates that the country has so far lost over 80 billion shillings to tourism.