Airlines on excessive alert after US Ethiopia warning

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Thursday November 25 2021

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Kenya Civil Aviation Authority director-fashioned Gilbert Kibe. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NMG

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By BRIAN NGUGI

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  • Kenyan airlines are on excessive alert in wake of the American look warning of weapon fireplace threat to airlines plying the home.
  • Kenya’s air safety regulator, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), says the country and airlines are aware regarding the advisory on imaginable threat to civilian airplane overflying Ethiopia as a consequence of the armed battle.

Kenyan airlines are on excessive alert in wake of the American look warning of weapon fireplace threat to airlines plying the home.

Kenya’s air safety regulator, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), says the country and airlines are aware regarding the advisory on imaginable threat to civilian airplane overflying Ethiopia as a consequence of the armed battle.

“All airlines flying into/out of and overflying Ethiopia are aware regarding the advisory Notam (Survey to Aviation) and are, therefore, adequately informed to remark caution in that airspace,” director-fashioned Gilbert Kibe urged the Industrial On each day foundation.

The US no longer too long within the past warned pilots that planes operating at one of Africa’s busiest airports would possibly presumably presumably be “at once or someway exposed to floor weapons fireplace and/or surface-to-air fireplace” as Ethiopia’s war nears Addis Ababa.

Addis Ababa, which continent’s diplomatic capital as home to the African Union and other world multilateral agencies, has in recent years emerged as a regional aviation hub thanks in dapper section to Ethiopian Airlines that has dominated Africa’s skies within the final decade.

The American Federal Aviation Administration advisory issued final Wednesday cited the “ongoing clashes” between Ethiopian forces and opponents from the northern Tigray home, which have killed thousands of participants in a year of war.

The FAA advisory well-known no experiences of disruptions at Bole Global Airport and “no indication of an intent to threaten civil aviation,” however it indubitably stated the threat to coming come and departing planes would possibly presumably presumably find bigger if the Tigray opponents encircle the capital.

“Kenya is no longer impacted by the advisory look however we dwell vigilant for any imaginable act of unlawful interference round all our borders including Ethiopia,” stated Mr Kibe.

The Tigray opponents “seemingly possess a differ of anti-airplane suited weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank weapons, low-calibre anti-airplane artillery, and man-portable air-defence systems,” that can presumably presumably attain as a lot as 25,000 feet above floor level, the FAA advisory had stated.

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