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Lift Dubai, Kenya flights ban

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An Emirates Airlines plane. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • The move by Kenya is a clear indication that it is willing to place national interests and its economy above national pride.
  • Besides, Kenya has moved with speed to deal with the fake Covid-19 certificates that were at the centre of the flights ban.

Kenya has ended a two-week suspension on flights from Dubai that had come at a huge cost to airlines and travellers between the United Arabs Emirates (UAE) and Nairobi.

The move by Kenya is a clear indication that it is willing to place national interests and its economy above national pride.

Besides, Kenya has moved with speed to deal with the fake Covid-19 certificates that were at the centre of the flights ban. Those found culpable should be punished in line with the law.

Regional trade cannot afford a long-drawn flight ban at a time when the East African Community (EAC) nations are counting on tourists and travel to support ongoing efforts to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

National carrier Kenya Airways and Emirates have been some of the biggest losers in the flights ban. Also, travellers from Dubai have had to find expensive connecting flights through Uganda, increasing the cost of doing business.

Kenya exported goods worth Sh25.27 billion in the nine months to September 2021 from the UAE while imports from the nation stood at Sh122.35 billion in the same period.

Now that Kenya has led the way, it is time for Dubai to reciprocate.