AERIAL COMBAT

Dubai should accept flights from Kenya

There are no winners in the spat over Covid between the UAE and Kenya

In Summary

• Dubai suspended flights to Kenya on December 20. Kenya reciprocated on January 10 but that ban has now been lifted.

• There are an estimated 40,000 Kenyans working in Dubai which is a major trading partner for Kenya

Passengers get ready to board flight 100 on August 1, 2020 as the airline resumes international flights.
Passengers get ready to board flight 100 on August 1, 2020 as the airline resumes international flights.

Kenya has now lifted its ban on passenger flights from the United Arab Emirates but the UAE is yet to reciprocate.

Dubai suspended all flights (except cargo) to Kenya on December 20 and Kenya reciprocated on January 10. 

UK flights are still allowed into the UAE even though there are many more Covid cases in Britain than in Kenya. There are double standards here.

Apparently, the UAE was annoyed that some passengers tested positive on arrival from Kenya. The suspicion was that some clinics were giving out fake test results. But this could easily be dealt with. The offending clinics could just be struck off the register.

There are If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.an estimated 40,000 Kenyans working in Dubai which is one of Kenya's largest trading partners. Air travel should not be blocked between the two countries.

There is a dispute over the size of airplanes operated by Emirates and Kenya Airways. The UAE insists that Kenya Airways cannot fly its larger planes into Dubai.

But that issue should be put aside while good relations are restored. It is time for UAE to reciprocate and allow flights from Kenya to resume.

Quote of the day: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."

Lewis Carroll
The author of Alice in Wonderland was born on January 27, 1832