Kenya Airways will fly Kenyan’s stuck in India and China back to their motherland, but only those who tested negative for coronavirus will be allowed to board.
A flight which was scheduled to bring back Kenyans stranded in the UK landed in Jomo Kenyatta International Airways with some 84 citizens on Monday night from Heathrow Airport in London with every passenger having paid Sh53,544 for the journey.
Another flight from Mumbai, India, and Guangzhou in China will depart on May 7 and May 8, respectively.
“London flight is scheduled for May 4 while Mumbai and Guangzhou flights will leave on May 7 and May 8, respectively,” said the airline in response to Business Daily queries Monday.
Kenyans willing to take the flight back home will part with Sh46,005 ($430) from Mumbai in India and Sh80,242 ($750) from Guangzhou in China for their one-way ticket. According to the Kenya Airways, the cost is almost the standard commercial rate.
Kenyans in the three countries have been urged to seize this rare opportunity as expatriates were charged more for similar services in two weeks ago.
“This is a charter flight. Under normal operations, the cost is spread out. Now it is concentrated on a few flights. There is also the extra cost of protection, cleaning, and fumigation,” said KQ CEO Allan Kilavuka.
Kenyans traveling back home from the regions will also have a medical certificate certifying they are COVID-19 free.