Measures tightened in response to concerns on new variants of the virus
Kenya Airways will suspend all flights France – Charles de Gaulle Airport and the Netherlands – Schiphol Airport, the airline said late on Friday due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The flights will be suspended through the month of February 2021.
“The temporary suspension is due to the new COVID-19 regulations in Europe that have resulted in depressed demand,” KQ said in an emailed statement to Khusoko.
France is experiencing Europe’s worst outbreak of infectious disease. France has reported over 71,000 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began. It is now at 35 per cent of its peak infection rate, according to Reuters data.
On the other hand, Wednesday, Netherlands announced new travel restrictions in response to new COVID-19 variants.
“The government is gravely concerned about the UK variant of coronavirus, which is even more infectious than the virus we are familiar within the Netherlands,” the government said.
“There are also other variants of the virus that are sparking concern. New measures are needed in order to get these new variants under control.”
The Netherlands also announced a ban for passenger flights from the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
The country extended its COVID-19 restrictions by three weeks, to February 9.
Kenya Airways expects to resume regular services to France on 3 March 2021 and to the Netherlands on 7 March 2021 and will keep customers updated in case of any changes to these resumption plans.