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Airlines carrying Kenyan flower exports forced to divert

Players in the Kenya to Amsterdam flower market have faced stiff challenges following government decisions to rescind fifth freedom rights to some carriers.

Several airlines were warned that their ability to fly directly from Nairobi to the Dutch capital would be restricted after what one source suggested may have been lobbying from local airlines.

Etihad has seen five flights a week, four to Amsterdam and one to Stansted, impacted since June 29, forced to re-route flights via Abu Dhabi, which would have made the route less economically sustainable and the longer journey not good for the perishable products.

However, on Friday, Etihad confirmed to The Loadstar that it had received a permit to start flying again.

“We [have been] working with the Kenyan authorities to resolve some anomalies in the routine application for our traffic rights into Europe, [and protected] our customers by operating through Abu Dhabi during this process,” said a spokesperson.

Read more at The Loadstar (Alex Lennane)

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