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Kenya Airways resumes flights to Juba

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

Kenya Airways (KQ) has resumed its passengers’ flights to Juba and the first flight kissed the ground at Juba International Airport yesterday. 

Speaking to Juba Monitor on Sunday, Brig. Gen. Kur Kuol Ajieu, the Director of Juba International Airport confirmed the landing saying among the passengers were some South Sudanese and other foreign nationals.

“People who came onboard from Kenya were 72 while those departing were 84. It includes some of the South Sudanese on both schedules,” he explained.

Brig. Gen Kur promised to update the schedule of the regular flights through out the week as he gets the manifest from the Kenyan authorities. 

In March, the government suspended the International flights as a measure to safeguard the country from the pandemic though the outbreak was declared in South Sudan afterward.

Though the pandemic has not subsided up to date, some restrictions were eased in May to enable residents access some of their needs while adhering to the preventative measures.

However, the communiqué directed to the South Sudan Embassy in Kenya last week presented Kenyan Airways compliments to the Embassy as the Kenyan authorities have opened their airspace despite the pandemic.

The startup will have three weekly frequencies on Embraer 190 according to the Kenyan’s authorities as the schedule gets reviewed based on any demand if it arises.

The cargo flights will continue as planned.

“In view of the COVID-19, Kenya Airways will adhere to the International standards and the government regulations of the two countries as review from time to time,” said Isaac Mwangi, Government and Industry Affairs Manager in Kenya in a statement. 

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