Kenya Airways (KQ) has suspended passenger flights between Nairobi and the UK effective April 9.
In a statement on Monday, the national carrier cited a recent government directive suspending all flights from the UK.
Due to increased demand for travel, KQ has added two new flights for April 7 and 8.
For those impacted by the directive, the airline has advised that they change their bookings for later travel or seek a refund.
All tickets, KQ said, must be utilised by March 31, 2022.
STATEMENT: Suspension of passenger flights to the United Kingdom effective 9th April 2021 until further notice. pic.twitter.com/uk44xn0kau
— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) April 5, 2021
On Saturday, the government imposed mandatory quarantine requirements for passengers traveling from UK.
This was after the UK added Kenya to the red list over Covid-19 concerns.
While in quarantine, the passengers will be subject to take two PCR COVID-19 tests, on day two and day eight of their quarantine, at their own cost.
“The decision is particularly disturbing in light of the fact that the United Kingdom and Kenya enjoy a strong and long-lasting relationship embedded in a strategic partnership that has multiple dimensions including health, education, security, travel, trade, and people to people relations,” the ministry of foreign affairs said.
The ministry also regretted a form of vaccine nationalism by producing countries.
“This coupled with vaccine hoarding attitude that can only be described as a form of “vaccine apartheid.”
The suspension of flights directive will be reviewed in four weeks.