President Kenyatta has announced a phased reopening of both domestic and international flights from July 15 and August 1 respectively.
Speaking on Monday, during the much-anticipated address to the Nation, President Kenyatta said the decision was arrived at following engagements with aviation stakeholders.
“Local air travel shall resume effective July 15 in strict conformity with protocols from both the Ministry of Health and civil aviation management,” President Kenyatta said.
The President had earlier hinted a possible reopening of the aviation sector, owing to the dire economic constraints predicted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Key players in the aviation sector have been in the past weeks fast-tracking set protocols to facilitate the resumption of air travel.
Procedures at departure, transit and arrival in air travel are expected to change to a “new normal” with travelers told to expect a one hour increase during check-ins for procedures aimed at combating the spread of the deadly virus.
Airport lounges will have markings on the floor to emphasize social distancing rules, and passengers must have their masks on throughout the flight time.
Among other measures is thorough disinfection of baggage and mandatory temperature checks using thermal guns.
While disembarking, passengers will be required to observe social distancing rules and aircrafts will require thorough cleaning and disinfection after every flight.
The government ordered a halt on international flights on March 25 before extending the ban to local air travel in a raft of measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.