Kenya Airways Protests Granting of Ethiopian Airways Permit to Operate Cargo Flights From Nairobi
Local aviation players led by Kenya Airways have protested a recent move by Kenya Civil Aviation Authority that saw Ethiopian Airways granted to operate 5 ad-hoc cargo flights between Nairobi and Europe.
The stakeholders termed the move “unfair” and that “ad-hoc clearance would amount to granting them fifth freedom traffic rights whereby they do not even route via their base country.”
The local cargo operators also base their argument on the fact that Ethiopia does not allow cargo airlines from Kenya to operate Nairobi-Addis-Ababa-Nairobi route.
The national carrier chairman Michael Joseph said: “Objections were raised by local players over the move by KCAA to allow Ethiopian Airways to conduct ad-hoc flights from Nairobi to Europe.”
“We would like to strongly object to the application for ad-hoc flights by Ethiopian Airlines to operate from Nairobi directly to Liege,” another operator was quoted by Nation.