INTRODUCTION Special charter flights have been airlifting stranded tourists out of Tanzania into Kenya following the border closure by Tanzania last Friday (4 February).
INTRODUCTION Special charter flights have been airlifting stranded tourists out of Tanzania into Kenya following the border closure by Tanzania last Friday (4 February). Tanzania banned all Kenya-registered 'planes from flying over its territory when it closed the 450 mile (720 km) frontier. A hundred and fifty nine United States and Canadian tourists who had been stranded for three days arrived in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital on Sunday (6 February).
SYNOPSIS: Nairobi airport, where the tourists arrived. The United States sent a specially chartered Boeing 707 to Northern Tanzania to bring them back. The U.S. embassy in Nairobi hired the 'plane from Pan-American Airways after appeals from tourists and tour agencies in Kenya. Some passengers believed that at least a thousand tourists still remained stranded.
The border closures followed the grounding last week of the debt-ridden East African Airways (EAA), jointly owned by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, and Kenya's announcement that it had set up its own airline. Kenya has asked for the immediate release of all Kenyan citizens, aircraft and vehicles Tanzania might be holding. But Kenyan sources said there had been no reply from the Tanzanian government. According to tanzanian officials, the border closure is a temporary move to enable new security measures to be introduced. Relations between the two countries were already strained by differences over the operation of EAA. At present, Kenya's new air service is limited to flights from Nairobi to London and Mombasa. Air India have been authorised to provide extra capacity on the Nairobi-Bombay route formerly served by EAA.