Kenya Airways Announces Repatriation Flights from London to Nairobi

Kenya Airways will suspend domestic flights to Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu from 29th March (Monday) at 12pm

Kenya Airways Airline at Kisumu International Airport

Kenya Airways has announced that it will operate scheduled flights from Nairobi to London and back but comes with a cost. 

“Kenya Airways offers you an opportunity to reunite with your loved ones. Fly from Nairobi to London on April 24 and London to Nairobi on April 25,” KQ said in a statement.

COST

The two flights, KQ100 and KQ103, the tickets to be issued is one way and not refundable. “Infants not occupying a seat to pay 10% of the adult rate.”

 Nairobi to London flight ticket cost is inclusive of the COVID-19 test to be taken from Lancet Kenya within 72hours of flight.

“Guest should not pay for the test, instead guest should present their ticket before testing,” reads part of the statement.

However, the London to Nairobi flight is open to Kenyans flying back home only.

“All passengers must undergo a mandatory quarantine of 14 – 28 days at their own cost as per government of Kenya guidelines,” the airline said.

Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom on April 19 said Kenyans who may be stranded in the UK due to flight cancellations forced by Covid 19, “Those keen to fly back will be expected to meet the cost for their air ticket and be subjected to 14-28 days mandatory quarantine period imposed by the Government at own cost.”

He also disclosed that two Kenyan citizens had died as a result of turning positive to the virus.

KQ has converted four of its Dreamliner passenger aircraft into cargo carriers to haul critical medical supplies, foodstuffs, and other essential goods.

Kenya Airways CEO Allan Kilavuka says they are exploring different options to keep the lights on in the organization.

“Cargo is one of those areas where we have converted four of our wide-body aircraft to Cargo aircraft. We are also looking at the narrow-body aircraft for shorter missions across Africa. There is demand for Cargo aircraft across the world with the main freighters operating mostly in Europe & the Americas creating a shortage in Africa.”

Jane Marriott, British High Commissioner to Kenya, in an op-ed, she said the UK stands with Kenya as one of its strongest partners.

“Kenya remains a regional powerhouse: The gateway to East Africa and beyond. Supporting global supply chains – keeping airlines going, freight routes open – is all helping Kenya’s economy.”