The row between Kenya and Tanzania has escalated with Tanzania taking drastic measures after Kenya excluded Tanzanians among travellers exempted from mandatory quarantine in a new list released on Tuesday.
Nairobi for the second time retained Tanzania in its red list of nations with high Covid-19 cases, meaning that travellers from the neighbouring country will continue facing a mandatory two-week quarantine to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The neighbouring state has hit back effectively by baning three more Kenyan airlines from its territory.
Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) moved in with speed and nullified the approval granted to Fly 540, Air Kenya Express and Safarilink Aviation that had previously been allowed to fly into the country after Kenya Airways (KQ) was suspended.
No reason was given or the cancellation of the permits for the Three airlines operate daily flights to and from Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.
“Reference is made to the approval for your summer schedule application extended to Air Kenya Express. The approval was granted to Air Kenya for scheduled flight operations between Nairobi and Kilimanjaro with effect from March 27 to October 25.”
“However, we regret to inform you that this approval is hereby nullified,” a letter to Air Kenya’s operations manager read in part.