Kenya Airways (KQ) resumed its domestic flights on Sunday, May 2, 2021, following the lifting of the restriction of movement in and out of Nairobi by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Labour Day.
KQ has suspended all domestic flights on 29th March following a Presidential Executive order on COVID-19, which among other restrictions had placed a lockdown, zoning out five counties namely; Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Nakuru and Kajiado.
Kenya Airways said it will fly two times daily to the coastal city of Mombasa and once daily to the lakeside city of Kisumu as it continues to review the option of increasing frequencies as demand picks.
“KQ continues to work closely with the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Health and Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) to enforce safety measures and protocols. The airline’s utmost priority remains the health and safety of the passengers, crew, and staff,” the airline said in a statement.
All passengers and airport users are still required to strictly observe the safety measures in place to ensure the safety of all airport users.
ADDRESS BY H.E. HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES ON THE OCCASION OF THE LABOUR DAY CELEBRATION AT STATE HOUSE, NAIROBI SATURDAY, 1ST MAY, 2021.
During his National Address on Labour Day, President Uhuru Kenyatta issued the Public Order No. 3 of 2021, where he lifted the lockdown in the “Red Alert counties” and extended the countrywide curfew from 8 pm to 10 pm.
.….”Data from our medical experts suggest the same trend in the zoned area we put on lockdown during my March 26th 2021 address. After one month of lockdown, the COVID caseload within the zoned area has come down by 72%. In other areas of the Republic, the COVID caseload fell by 89% in Mombasa and 90% in Busia between March and April 2021,” Uhuru said.
President Kenyatta also gave a nod to the resumption of in-person and congregational worship, even though congregants attendance is capped to 1/3 (One-third) of the capacity of the place of worship.
Restaurants, which had earlier been limited to only selling “take away meals” have also been allowed to resume operations in accordance with the guidelines issued jointly by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.
“Restaurants are encouraged to utilize outdoor spaces to maximize on physical and social distancing,” Uhuru said in his statement.
Bars have also been allowed to operate but until 7:00 P.M.
Political gatherings remain prohibited untill further notice.
Kenya Airways Resumes Flights to Nairobi/Kisumu/Mombasa