The Kenya Airways (KQ) has finally bowed to pressure and suspended all its flights to Guangzhou, China following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus but remains adamant that it will continue flying to Bangkok in China.
Bangkok, which is in Thailand where Kenya Airways says it will continue flying to, has reported 14 cases of the Wuhan Coronavirus.
The decision by Kenya Airways comes only two days after it had said to would monitor the situation in China first, at a time when other countries were canceling their flights to China following the Coronavirus outbreak.
Kenya Airways had attracted a backlash from Kenyans for not suspending its flights to and from Kenya as other countries had already suspended flights to the Asian country owing to the coronavirus outbreak.
“Further to our prior communication regarding the current Coronavirus outbreak, we have temporarily suspended all flights to and from Guangzhou starting Friday, 31st January 2020,” a notice sent to media rooms read.
Kenya Airways noted that its flights to Guangzhou in China would remain suspended until further notice.
“We, however, clarify that our service between Nairobi and Bangkok remains operational,” Kenya Airways has said in the statement sent to newsrooms.
“Our consultation with the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs will continue and we will provide updates as the situation develops, “Kenya Airways assuring Kenyans and its customers that it has mechanisms in place to handle the situation.
“We apologize to all our customers for the inconvenience and reaffirm that the safety of our customers and staff remains our highest priority,” the Kenya Airways statement read.
Kenya has so far reported one case of a suspected coronavirus case that occurred as one Kenyan student in China was flying back to the Country.