Kenya Airways is the latest airline to suspend flights to Khartoum as the situation in Sudan remains unpredictable following a military crackdown on protesters that has left at least 30 people dead.
“Following the uncertain situation at Khartoum International Airport, KQ has suspended flights to and from Khartoum including tonight’s flights: KQ 348 Nairobi-Khartoum and KQ 349 Khartoum-Nairobi. We are monitoring the situation and will advise when normal operations resume,” the Kenyan carrier said in a tweet on Tuesday.
The move came a day after Emirates and EgyptAir also suspended flights to the Sudanese capital.
In a statement, Emirates announced that until further notice, “customers connecting onto Emirates flights to Khartoum and/or Flydubai flights to Khartoum or Port Sudan will not be accepted for travel at origin.”
It added that Emirates was “monitoring the situation closely,” aiming to give customers as much notice as possible if there were any further changes to operations.
EgyptAir also issued a statement explaining that a flight scheduled to depart from Cairo International Airport to Khartoum International Airport was canceled, “to the ongoing developments in Sudan”.
The statement said EgyptAir Integrated Operation Centre was following up the situation in Sudan to stay abreast of any developments in the southern neighboring country, the company added in its statement.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad said it was monitoring developments in Khartoum, and had delayed Tuesday’s flight for 24 hours as a result of Monday’s crackdown on protesters.
Last week, several airlines canceled scheduled flights to Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, ahead of general strikes in the country .
The strike affected Khartoum International Airport’s operations.
The military has since suspended a deal with the protesters and called for elections in nine months.