China Southern Airlines suspends flights to Kenya amidst coronavirus scare


China Southern Airlines suspends flights to Kenya amidst coronavirus scare
FILE PHOTO: A China Southern Airlines| PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • The cancellation, however came minutes after a Nairobi court ordered the suspension of all flights from China to Kenya over the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Justice James Makau issued the conservatory order on Friday pending hearing and determination of a case filed by the Law Society of Kenya.
  • The coronavirus, which emerged late last year in China and is spread mainly from person-to-person has raised fears of a pandemic that could plunge the global economy into recession.

Two days after resuming flights from China to Kenya, China Southern Airlines has again suspended  flights to Nairobi amidst a public outcry over the coronavirus.

The airline, according to a statement from the Chinese Embassy in Kenya has cancelled flights not because of the coronavirus but due to “decreasing volume of passenger flow.”

“Due to the decreasing volume of passenger flow, China Southern Airlines has made necessary adjustments by suspending flights connecting Guangzhou, Changsha and Nairobi until further notice,” read a statement posted on the embassy’s Twitter page.

The cancellation, however came minutes after a Nairobi court ordered the suspension of all flights from China to Kenya over the coronavirus outbreak.

Justice James Makau issued the conservatory order on Friday pending hearing and determination of a case filed by the Law Society of Kenya.

The coronavirus, which emerged late last year in China and is spread mainly from person-to-person has raised fears of a pandemic that could plunge the global economy into recession.

Earlier on Friday, the High Court ordered that all 239 passengers who arrived in Kenya aboard the China Southern Airlines plane be quarantined at a Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) facility.

There was major outrage in Kenya after the plane full of passengers from China landed in Kenya and the government quickly cleared the passengers ordering them to “self quarantine for 14 days.”

A statement issued by the Ministry of Health indicated that the passengers were “screened on board, cleared and advised to self-quarantine for the next 14 days.”

 

 

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