British Airways To Evacuate Britons From Kenya Amid Coronavirus Fears

By Carlos Onyango / March 25, 2020 | 11:29 am




British Nationals will be allowed to move out of Kenya following an agreement between British Airways and the Government of Kenya.

In the agreement, the Government of Kenya allowed British Airways to add a small number of flights to allow any Briton in Kenya to travel back to their country in case they want to.

The British Embassy announced that Britons who would wish to travel can now make bookings through the British Airways website.

“For those wishing to return to the UK, we recommend you book as early as possible for the flights. Please visit ba.com to book,” announced the British Embassy on Twitter.

However, the British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott, stated that the flights available are only from Kenya to the UK and not the other way round.

“I should stress that these are outbound (Nairobi to London) only. No one will be allowed to enter Kenya, so the London-Nairobi leg will be empty. What I now know is called a ‘ghost flight,” the British High commissioner to Kenya said.

“More availability has opened up as a result. You are advised to book yourself on as early a flight as possible. Don’t play the algorithms! Just book,” she added.

For booking purposes, the British nationals are advised to contact the Kenya Airways office through 0741131526.

This announcement comes days after the Kenyan Government announced that it would suspend all international flights effective from Wednesday, March 25, 2020, to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Kenyans in the diaspora were advised to travel back into the country to avoid being locked out if the plan is effected.

Kenya Airways announced that it would make its last international flight from New York to Kenya on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, where all passengers would be given free tickets.

KQ, however, said that Cargo flights have not been suspended and will resume their normal operations. Domestic flights between Kisumu and Mombasa will also continue.







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