Kenya’s national airline, Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced the resumption of direct flights to Madagascar, following the easing of travel restrictions by the latter.
The airline is set to operate the direct flight three times a week from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi, to Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo. The flight will depart from Nairobi every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Nevertheless, passengers traveling to Madagascar are advised to follow protocols prescribed by the government for passenger entry including negative PCR test results done 72 hours before the flight, rapid antigen screening test upon arrival, and quarantine for at least seven days for passengers with positive test results at health facilities or hotels approved by the government.
The national carrier is set to receive a further KSh36.6 billion bailout in the year starting July as part of efforts to prop up the airline amid recovery from the COVID-19 travel slump.
The allocation was contained in the 2022/23 budget, shortly after the MPs approved a KSh20 billion bailout for the airline. This will see Kenya airways receive a total of KSh56.6 billion in under a year, making it the largest corporate bailout in Kenya.