All Flights From Kenya to Dubai Suspended

  • Planes landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)
    Planes landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)
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  • The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) has banned all transport services with inbound and transit passenger movements from Kenya for 48 hours.

    A statement by Fly Emirates indicated that the ban will take effect from December 20, 2021, at 10:30 am. 

    However, flights from Dubai to Nairobi will remain unchanged.

    A file image showing the inside an airports lobby
    A file image showing the inside an airports lobby.
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    "Customers will not be accepted for travel on Emirates flights at Nairobi during this time," reads an excerpt from the Fly Emirates.

    Emirates asked affected customers not to call immediately, rather, hold onto their tickets until flights resume.

    "...get in touch with their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans. Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused."

    It was, however, not immediately established why the flights were suspended. The Emirates Nairobi office stated that it was receiving an influx of calls and was handling the issues within 48 hours. 

    "Kindly note that we are receiving too many calls and you may hold up to 48 hours," Emirates stated. 

    The suspension of flights came days after Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirmed Omicron variant cases in the Country.

    Kagwe encouraged Kenyans to get vaccinated for Covid-19 in a bid to protect themselves.

    "Our experts are still debating the issue, observing and sequencing in our labs to see what kind of variant we have. Variants will come and go," he stated.

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    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe address the press in May 2021
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