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Kenya to reopen international flights on 1 August

Kenya has become the latest African country to announce dates for the resumption of scheduled flights, amid reports that its flag carrier plans to make job cuts ahead of a possible nationalisation.

The Kenyan government says domestic flights will be allowed to resume on 15 July and international services on 1 August.

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Its move to reopen comes after the Nairobi Securities Exchange on 3 July suspended trading in Kenya Airways shares for three months while the government debates whether to nationalise the airline. The National Aviation Management Bill 2020, published in mid-June, proposes folding the airline into a state-owned aviation holding company.

Kenya Airways could not immediately be reached for comment. The SkyTeam carrier’s pre-tax losses deepened to KSh13 billion ($122 million) for the year ended December 2019.

African countries are beginning to reopen their borders after many shut down air travel in March to curb the spread of Covid-19. However, the World Health Organization has warned of the delicate balance between resuming international flights to help economies recover and avoiding a surge in coronavirus infections.

“Air travel is vital to the economic health of countries,” states the WHO’s regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti. “But as we take to the skies again, we cannot let our guard down. Our new normal still requires stringent measures to stem the spread of Covid-19.”

So far, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania and Zambia have resumed commercial flights, according to the WHO. The 15 members of the Economic Community of West African states are expected to open their airspace on 21 July, it adds. Rwanda has announced that it will reopen to scheduled international flights on 1 August.

“Many African countries acted swiftly, implementing confinement and travel restrictions in the early days of the pandemic,” says the WHO, noting that 36 African nations closed their borders to international travel, eight suspended flights from countries with high Covid-19 transmission, and others “had partial or no restrictions”.

African airlines stand to lose $6 billion of passenger revenue this year, compared with 2019, and aviation job losses could total 3.1 million, IATA has forecast. Figures from the African Airlines Association are even bleaker, suggesting that the continent’s carriers face revenue losses amounting to $8.1 billion this year.

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Justo Nov 18, 2019

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I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

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I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

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My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

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