Tanzania tour operators will now be allowed to access Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) as Kenya Airways resumes normal operations to Tanzania.
This comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta met with his Tanzanian counterpart His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday. Last week, Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority reduced the Kenya Airways’ weekly flights from 42 to 14 an act influenced by the refusal of entry of Tanzania registered vehicles to JKIA.
Tanzania was the first to invoke a 1985 bilateral agreement on tourism between the two countries, which barred tour vans from cross-border operations and hasn’t shown any interest in raising it, an action that led Phyllis Kandie, the East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Cabinet secretary, to order its full implementation on the Kenyan side.
Its not clear if the issue of Kenyan tour operators being allowed into major towns and Tanzania game parks featured in the discussions between the two heads of state. Kenya Airways posted the following statement in regards to the resumption of normal operations to Tanzania, quote;Kenya Airways
” Kenya Airways would like to express gratitude to the Governments of Kenya and Tanzania for resolving the Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASA) in a timely manner.
The developments will see the airline resume full operations to Dar -es -Salaam following the announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The airline had reduced its flights to the Tanzanian city from 42 to 14 last week.
Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Mbuvi Ngunze expressed the airlines appreciation for the expeditious resolution of the pending issues pertaining to the BASA.
“Tomorrow we will announce the steps towards normalization of the previous schedule to Dar es Salaam,” said Mr Ngunze.
Transport is a critical pillar in the integration of the East African Community and Kenya Airways remains committed to continue playing its role in promoting the growth of the regional economy and working with all stakeholders in achieving this goal.
We thank our customers for their patience and apologies for the inconvenience caused during this period. We look to welcoming them on board,” end of quote.