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Reprieve for Kenyans stranded in Juba as KQ resumes flights

Kenyans who have been stranded in Juba, South Sudan will get a reprieve Thursday when Kenya Airways resumes scheduled flights to the neighbouring country.

KQ, in a statement, said the resumption was as a result of a “ceasefire and security stabilisation after five days of unrest”.

“The airline will resume its usual operations of two daily flights to Juba. The flights depart Nairobi for Juba at 0715 and at 1320 everyday,” the statement read in part.

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“Kenya Airways will avail a larger capacity aircraft, B737-800, to accommodate more guests and clear the backlog that has been occasioned by the airline suspending flights from Sunday, July 10, following an eruption of unrest in the country.”

To clear the backlog by Friday, the airline will give priority to guests based on their original return dates.

Some 272 people were killed in five days with President Salva Kiir’s government claiming that a false Facebook post by the spokesman of his first vice president Riek Machar caused the turmoil.