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Local flights take to the skies as Domestic flight services resume


Local flights resumed their much anticipated operations on Wednesday following the President’s announcement on Monday 6th July 2020.

Kenya Airways, its sister carrier Jambojet, Safari Link and FLY 540 are among local airlines that took to the skies on Wednesday after a four month break.

The return of domestic flights follows a near four-month break forced upon by COVID-19 containment measures which saw inter-county travel in and out of the counties of Mombasa, Nairobi, Kilifi, Kwale and Mandera enforced at the end of March.

Jambojet was the first to return to the skies as it lifted passengers to Eldoret at 7:45 am ahead of Fly 540’s return with an 8am flight to Kisumu.

SafariLink on the other hand  marked its return with a flight into Lodwar while Kenya Airways premiered its return with a flight to the coastal city of Mombasa.

All carriers are expected to follow strict protocols provided by the Ministry of Health including the inflight wearing of masks by passengers and social distancing while boarding and disembarking from flights.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia who flagged off the flights at JKIA said the local flights will be the benchmark for the resumption of International flights.

“We now look forwards to the return of international flights. These local flights will be the benchmark of success because if we don’t do it properly, the opportunity to fly internationally will be reversed,”  he said