Kenya and Tanzania presidents step in to halt tourism spat

Flight sanctions lifted on Kenyan Airways.

Flight sanctions lifted on Kenyan Airways. Image by Alan Wilson / CC BY-SA 2.0

The presidents of Kenya and Tanzania have stepped in to halt the escalating tourism row between their two countries. The latest move had been made by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, which imposed strict sanctions on Kenyan Airways (KQ), reducing its weekly flights to Dar es Salaam from 42 to just 14. It’s understood that KQ will resume their full schedule with immediate effect. Mwanza will also remain open for Kenyan airlines to operate into. In return, Kenya will once again allow Tanzanian-registered tourist vehicles to access Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. The presidential intervention seems to expose the “cutting off your nose to spite your face” attitude among tourism and aviation bureaucrats who were responsible for escalating the spat. Read more:

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