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Domestic flights in Kenya shall continue to operate normally until Monday, March 29, when operations will cease in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s order of cessation of movement.

According to a statement from Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), operations of aircrafts shall be allowed until the stated deadline (March 29 at 12 pm), and thereafter cease any movements.

President Uhuru on Friday ordered for the cessation of all forms of movement into and out of the counties of Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru until further notice.

According to President Uhuru, the five counties account for 60 percent of Kenya’s COVID-19 caseload, and therefore has been designated as a “disease-infected area”.

This means, as the President said, that starting midnight tonight, persons within these counties will be not be allowed to move out, neither will persons from the other 42 counties allowed to enter the zoned area, be it by road, rail or air.

Consequently, Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced the suspension of domestic flights between Nairobi and Mombasa, and Nairobi and Kisumu effective Monday, March 29 at 12 pm, until further notice.

To address our customers’ needs for additional domestic flights, we have increased the number of scheduled flights between Nairobi-Mombasa and Nairobi-Kisumu from this evening until Monday, 29th March, 2021 at 12 pm…

“… Customers affected by the suspension may change their bookings for later travel or request a refund with all penalties waived,” reads the statement from KQ.

The national carrier says that international flights will be operating as per schedule.

Kenya Railways announcement

The Kenya Railways has also announced changes in both Madaraka Express Passenger Service (SGR) and the Nairobi Commuter Rail service operations.

The SGR night train which runs everyday between Mombasa and Nairobi will operate normally until Monday, March 29 noon, thereafter services will be stopped until further notice.

The passengers service between Nairobi terminus and Suswa will run over the weekends.

“Kenya Railways will make adjustments on the Nairobi Commuter Rail Service schedule to enable the service run without stoppages. The revised schedule will be released on Saturday (March 27),” reads the statement from the corporation.

Ministry of Tourism directive

In line with KCAA and KQ’s directives with regards to the cessation order, the Ministry of Tourism is advising tourists who are in transit to wind up their visit offerings out of Nairobi by Monday, March 29 mid-day.

Although all international flights will not be affected, the CS Najib Balala-led ministry says all arriving passengers must adhere to all protocols including presenting COVID-19 certificate acquired no more than 96 hours prior to arrival into the country.

“However, past Monday mid-day they will not be able to leave or enter Nairobi as domestic flights will cease operation by Monday, March 29,” reads the statement from the Ministry.

In line with President Uhuru’s order of ban on sale of alcohol and closure of all bars within the disease-infected area, the ministry advices hotels not to serve alcohol in public places, but only to their in-house clients.

Additionally, restaurants and eateries in Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru shall provide takeaway services only from March 27.


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