TANZANIA has suspended all flights from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam from January 22, 2024.
In a statement on Monday, the Director General of the Tanzania Aviation Authority (TCAA), Hamza Johari, said that this follows Kenya’s move to refuse cargo flights from the Tanzanian airline – Air Tanzania – to travel in the country.
“This is a response to Kenya following its action to reject the request for all cargo flights from Air Tanzania, between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. This is contrary to the Memorandum of Understanding on flight services between Kenya and Tanzania signed on November 24, 2016, in Nairobi,” said Johari.
He added: “The Republic of Tanzania will always try to adhere to the principles of the Chicago Convention on Air Services between neighboring countries.
” The move seems to revive the relationship differences that have existed between Kenya and Tanzania for a long time. The relationship between the two nations deteriorated greatly during the leadership of Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta and the former president of Tanzania, the late John Magufuli.
However, President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been trying to improve the relationship between Tanzania and Kenya after taking the leadership in 2020, following the death of Dr. Magufuli. Speaking about the incident, the management of Kenya Airways has said that it has started discussions with the Tanzania Air Transport Authority (TCAA) to ensure that services will not be disrupted.
“Kenya Airways (KQ) has received information that the TCAA has suspended permission for KQ to operate passenger flights between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam from January 22, 2024. We are consulting with the administration in Tanzania and other governmental organizations between these two countries to see that we find a solution which will ensure that flight services will not be interrupted between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam,” said the KQ statement.
Stakeholders and the general public will be watching to see how the crisis will be resolved as soon as possible.