March 23, 2020: The government of Kenya has issued a directive to cease all incoming and outgoing international passenger traffic from the midnight of March 25, 2020. To comply with this directive, Kenya Airways has decided to temporarily suspend all international services until further notice.

“The carrier will continue to operate cargo flights, particularly so that we are available to offer emergency services or much-needed supplies. In the meantime, our domestic flights to Mombasa and Kisumu remain operational,” stated Allan Kilavuka, managing director and CEO of Kenya Airways.

In response to the latest developments in the Covid-19 outbreak around the world, few implemented measures by Kenya Airways to maintain the highest levels of safety, security, and hygiene are as follows:

  • Activation of a crisis management protocol to proactively address situations as they arise and implement appropriate actions.
  • Working closely with both local and global health authorities, as well as following guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation and IATA to protect your well-being.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures in all our aircraft before a flight.
  • Availing hand sanitizers in our aircraft, offices and other service areas.
  • Ensuring all our cabin groomers wear personal protective equipment.
  • Encouraging handwashing and healthy hygiene practices among our staff and other stakeholders.
  • Installation of High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration systems in all our aircraft to clean the air during flights.

The epicenter of the virus has shifted from China to Europe. In Africa, confirmed cases as of March 21, 2020, were 572 with 12 reported deaths. The National Emergency Response Committee stated that in Kenya it has received confirmation of 8 new cases of coronavirus. All the eight are imported cases from Europe and America and came through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport between March 4 and 17.

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