Kenya Airways suspends domestic flights after new COVID-19 lockdown announced

Kenya Airways has announced that domestic flights have been halted in order to comply with new anti-coronavirus measures announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday. 

The airline, which is partly owned by Air France-KLM, said in a late Friday tweet that all flights from Nairobi to Mombasa, an Indian Ocean port city, and Kisumu, a lakeside town in the country’s west, will be suspended starting March 29.

Domestic flights will be halted until further notice, according to the announcement. International flights have not been impacted. 

Kenyatta announced travel restrictions in Nairobi and four surrounding counties on Friday in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

According to Reuters, Nairobi and the counties of Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru will be treated as one region under the new restrictions, with residents prohibited from crossing into other regions.

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