Responding to Tanzania’s request, Kenyan authorities granted Air Tanzania the Fifth Freedom Traffic Right for all-cargo services. This allows Air Tanzania to efficiently handle cargo operations, enhancing its international flights and promoting trade partnerships between Kenya and Tanzania.
The diplomatic maneuver, however, prompted a reversal of Tanzania’s earlier decision to withdraw Kenya Airways’ third and fourth freedom traffic rights for passenger services between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. These rights enable airlines to transport passengers and freight between their own country and a foreign country (Third Freedom) and between two foreign countries (Fourth Freedom).
The reinstatement of Kenya Airways’ passenger operations ensures continued connectivity on the vital Dar es Salaam route, benefiting both passengers and businesses. Hamza S. Johari, Director General of the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, emphasized the positive spirit of cooperation between the two countries, expressing confidence that the decision will strengthen aviation and trade relations.
The dynamic nature of air services agreements and the importance of open communication between nations is underscored by this swift resolution. With the ban lifted and both airlines now benefiting from the new agreement, the skies between Tanzania and Kenya are clear for continued growth and cooperation in the aviation sector.