INTRODUCTION The first aircraft to fly under the management of the new Kenya Airways, left London for Nairobi on Friday (4 February).
GV INT Kenya Airways stand at Heathrow Airport, London (2 shots)
SV Passenger handing over tickets for checking (6 shots)
SVs People waiting for Kenya Airways flights (4 shots)
SV &GV East African Airways poster (2 shots)
GV People waiting (2 shots)
Kenya's Minister for Tourism, Mr. Matthew Ogutu, said on Saturday (5 February) that the Tanzanian authorities had impounded Kenyan buses and arrested drivers after they had taken tourists into the country. Hundreds of tourists were now stranded in hotels and safari lodges following the border closure. A Government statement from the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, said the action was a temporary move to enable new security measures for the Kenya border area to be introduced. It said that movement of commercial and tourist vehicles from Kenya had been restricted, but made no mention of detaining drivers.
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Background: INTRODUCTION The first aircraft to fly under the management of the new Kenya Airways, left London for Nairobi on Friday (4 February).
SYNOPSIS: The first passengers to be carried by the newly established airline, waited to board the rented Boeing 707 at Heathrow Airport. It was only the day before that the Kenyan Government had announced that the new Kenyan national airline was to be established following the suspension of flight by East African Airways -- crippled by debts. East African Airways had been jointly owned by Kenya, Tanzania, and uganda, but its flights had been grounded for a week.
The Company had blamed its problems on lack of capital and the difficulties in moving cash to its Nairobi headquarters from Tanzania and Uganda. On Saturday (5 February) it was announced that Tanzania had closed its border with Kenya and banned flight by Kenyan planes over its territory.