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Kenya and Tanzania vow to end flight stalemate in three days

Both Kenya and Tanzania have resolved to end a flight stalemate that saw Tanzania suspend flights from Nairobi from landing in Dar es Salaam.

Through a statement, Tanzania confirmed that it had suspended Kenya Airways (KQ) flights beginning January 22nd from landing in its capital city, a retaliatory move after Kenya declined Air Tanzania cargo flights from conducting it business in the country.

The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority noted that the move by its neighbours was a breach of Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries as signed back on November 24th, 2016 in Nairobi.

Through a statement Prime Cabinet CS and Foreign Affair CS Musalia Mudavadi confirmed that he had spoken with Tanzania’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation January Makamba in order to resolve the matter.

He continued by saying that the matter will be resolved within three days and that there should be no cause of alarm.

“I have this evening spoken to H.E. J Makamba (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, with regard to the decision of the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority to rescind the approvals for Kenya Airways to operate passenger flights between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam with effect from 22nd January 2024.

We have jointly agreed that our respective Civil Aviation Authorities will work together to have the matter resolved amicably within the next three days. There should therefore be no cause for alarm.” said Mudavadi

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