NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – Kenya Airways is set resume its scheduled flights to Juba on Thursday following a ceasefire and security stability, after five days of unrest in South Sudan.
The airline said it would resume its operation of two daily flights to Juba.
“The flights depart Nairobi for Juba at 0715 and at 1320 every day,” the airline said in a statement.
KQ has planned to make the larger capacity B737-800 aircraft available to accommodate more passengers and clear the backlog that was occasioned by the airline suspending flights from Sunday.
The airline plans to clear the backlog by Friday, giving priority to passengers based on their original return dates.
“Kenya Airways regrets any inconvenience caused during the suspension of flights and wishes to thank its guests for continued support,” the airline stated.
KQ suspended flights to Juba, South Sudan after sustained fighting between rival factions that broke out last week.
The national carrier said “the move was necessitated by the uncertain security situation in the area” after over 200 people, mainly soldiers were killed in the renewed fighting.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir ordered a ceasefire Monday after heavy fighting in the capital Juba that sent thousands of people fleeing and threatened a return to civil war.
President Kiir’s order Monday evening raised hopes of an end to deadly fighting between the army and ex-rebels.