GOOBJOOG NEWS | NAIROBI: The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has suspended passenger flights by Kenya Airways (KQ) from Nairobi to Dar-es-salaam with effect from January 22, 2024.
The move follows Kenya’s recent rejection of Tanzania’s request to allow its airline, Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) to operate cargo flights between Nairobi and other destinations.
Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority stated in its statement that Kenya’s move amounts to a violation of Section 4 of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Air Services signed between the two countries in 2016.
“The decision is based on the principal of reciprocity, following the refusal by Kenyan authorities to grant approval to ACTL’s cargo flights despite the clear provisions of the MoU,” TCAA’s Director General Hamza Johari stated in a statement.
He added that Tanzania was committed to international aviation regulations and bilateral agreements.
“The United Republic of Tanzania shall always strive to adhere to the principles of Chicago Convention 1944 and Bilateral Air Service Agreement between States.”
The move by the Tanzanian Aviation Authority is expected to greatly impact passengers travelling between the two countries.
Kenya Airways operates 33 scheduled flights per wek between Nairobi and Dar-es-salaam.