June 01, 2020: Kenya Airways plans to resume passenger flights from June 8. While domestic airlines in Kenya like Safarilink, Air Kenya and even Kenya Airways's subsidiary Jambojet will remain on the ground until the movement restrictions in and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi counties remain in place, according to transport cabinet secretary James Macharia.

Meanwhile, Kenya Airways will offer repatriation flight from Nairobi to London on June 4 and London to Nairobi on June 5. It has operated a flight from London to Nairobi on May 15 for Kenyan citizens.

Kenya Airways has since the Covid-19 outbreak operated a series of repatriation flights using modified wide body passenger aircraft to uplift cargo.

The airline has yet to give an indication which regional and continental destinations will be first out of the starting blocks and when long haul operations might resume and information is expected later this week.

In the Eastern African region RwandAir, Air Tanzania, and Uganda Airlines are working towards a relaunch of flight operations but without having set any dates.

Rwanda's government have already pledged an increased funding for RwandAir, to cushion the losses the airline has been adding up since global air traffic has come to a halt.

Tanzania has already opened its airspace but there are presently no takers yet to relaunch scheduled flights. In a related development, it was also learned that Air Tanzania intends to lease a B767F.

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