Covid-19 Brings More Turbulence For East Africa’s Airlines

Executives at Kenya Airways, RwandAir and Uganda Airlines have all conceded to a challenging business environment that has seen a rise in costs, cutbacks in capacity and a revision of business projections to adjust to the new market realities. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that while the transition from cash-burn to cash-generation was in sight, the next six months would be difficult for airlines. IATA chief executive Alexandre de Juniac has warned that a failure to manage a balanced approach to the risks of Covid-19 would see the travel and tourism economy continue to suffer and incur job losses.

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A Kenya Airways steward (file photo).

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