Dubai temporarily suspend flights from Kenya for 48 hours

An Airbus SE A380-800 aircraft, operated by Emirates, taxis at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, March 23, 2020. Dubai-based Emirates, the largest long-haul airline, and neighbor Etihad of Abu Dhabi will stop flying passengers for two weeks from Wednesday because of local restrictions. Photographer: Christopher Pike/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) has temporarily suspended all inbound and transit passenger flights from Kenya on Monday.

The directive, which will last 48 hours, comes at a time Kenya has seen coronavirus resurgence with a rapidly rising caseload since confirmation of the highly infectious Omicron variant last week.

“Please be informed that the operations of all air transport services for inbound and transit passenger movements to Emirates of Dubai from any point in the Republic of Kenya are temporarily suspended for 48 hours effective December 20, 2021,” a notice from Dubai authorities read.

The suspension will however not affect cargo flights between the two countries.

Outbound passenger operations from Dubai to Nairobi remain unaffected.

The airline asked travelers to hold onto their travel documents for when flights resume.

“Affected customers do not need to call us immediately for rebooking. Customers can simply hold on to their Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in touch with their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans,” they added.

While the reason for the suspension was not clear, the move follows the suspension of flights from other African countries where the new Omicron variant has been detected.

On Saturday, Dubai, through its COVID-19 Command and Control Centre (CCC), put travelers from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, Nigeria, Zambia, Cameroon, and Chad under new measures in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.