List of airlines that have resumed flights at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport

The Kotoka International Airport was re-opened to international traffic in September 2020 after it was closed for five months as part of measures to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

At least 13 airlines have scheduled flights from Accra to mostly European countries with connections worldwide.

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Below are the airlines that have resumed flights in Accra’s Kotoka International Airport Terminal 3 and are ready to welcome passengers on onboard.

  1. Emirates
  2. British Airways
  3. Ethiopian Airlines
  4. Asky
  5. Air France
  6. TAP Air Portugal
  7. Turkish Airlines
  8. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  9. Middle East Airlines
  10. EgyptAir
  11. Air Cote D’Ivoire
  12. Brussels Airlines
  13. Africa World Airlines


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Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport Re-opens To International Passenger Traffic

After closing the airport to human traffic five months ago as part of restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Akufo-Addo has announced that the Kotoka International Airport will be re-opened to international passenger traffic effective September 1, 2020.

The President made this known during his 16th address to the nation on measures the government has taken to fight the spread of the virus.

Airlines and passengers are, however, required to adhere to the following measures:

  1. any passenger arriving in Ghana must be in possession of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin. The test should have been done not more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure from the country of origin. All airlines have been instructed to ensure compliance with this directive for all passengers wishing to travel to Ghana, and those airlines who fail in this regard will be duly sanctioned;
  2. disembarking passengers must do so wearing face masks;
  3. upon disembarking from the aeroplane, each passenger will undergo a mandatory Covid-19 test at the airport terminal, at a fee to be borne by the passenger. The test result will be available within 30 minutes;
  4. children under the ages of five will not be required to undergo testing at the airport
  5. passengers, who test positive for Covid-19, will be handled by the health authorities for further clinical assessment and management;
  6. passengers, who test negative, can, thereupon, enter Ghana to go about their lawful activities, and will be advised to continue to observe Covid-19 safety precautions during their stay in Ghana.

The Ministries of Information, Health and Aviation, and their respective agencies- the Ghana Health Service, the Ghana Airports Co. Ltd., and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority – will spell out in further detail the protocols surrounding the re-opening of our international airport, and the procedures to be adhered to by passengers arriving in Ghana at the Covid-19 media briefing on, Monday, August 31.

“For the avoidance of doubt, our borders, by land and sea, will continue to remain closed to human traffic until further notice,” he said.

Kenya Airways baggage allowance for Economy, Business Class and Sky Team Elite

In air travel, baggage allowance refers to the quantity and the size of a passenger’s checked baggage or luggage that are allowed onboard a plane for free. With Kenya Airways, checked baggage allowances are determined by the route and class flying as well as the weight of luggage measured in kilogram (kg).

Here is a breakdown of baggage allowance for each class.

Economy class

Kenya Airways passengers flying the Economy class to all destinations are allowed to carry two luggage weighing 23Kg each. Only one luggage of 23Kg is permitted on certain travels within Africa.

The baggage on the conveyor belt to the airplane.

Business Class

Kenya Airways passengers flying the Business Class from Africa to Africa, Middle East, Europe, and to America are allowed to carry two luggage weighing 32kg each.

Sky Team Elite & Elite Plus

Kenya Airways passengers who are members of the frequent flyer programme, that is; Sky Team Elite and Elite Plus, are permitted an additional 1 luggage weighing 32kg when travelling in business class, or an additional 1 luggage weighing 23kg when travelling in economy class.

Kenya Airways is the official and flag carrier of Kenya. It was established after the dissolution of the East African Airways in the year 1977. Kenya Airways is headquartered in Nairobi with its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Airways began as state property of the Kenyan government until April 1996, when it was privatized. This made Kenya Airways the first African flag carrier to be successfully privatized.

Kenya Airways Fleet: Planes used by Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways owns a fleet of 40 planes. The airline has completed payments for 3 aircraft through a financing arrangement and the airline continues to pay for another 17 aircraft.

Kenya Airways for a period was known for the patronage of aircraft such as Douglas, Airbus, Fokker and McDonnell Douglas. However, its current fleet is primarily Boeing models and some Embraer.

The unnamed man fell from the landing gear of a jet as it passed over south London. Pictured are Kenya Airways planes parked at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport near Nairobi (file image)
Pictured are Kenya Airways planes parked at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport near Nairobi (file image)

Below is a list of aircraft of Kenya Airways’ passenger fleet, which also contains 2 x Boeing 737-300SF cargo fleet.

  1. Boeing 737-700

Kenya Airways currently uses four (4) Boeing 737-700 passenger planes.

  1. Boeing 737-800

The airline uses eight (8) Boeing 737-800 planes

  1. Boeing 777-300ER

Three (3) Boeing 777-300ER planes.

  1. Boeing 787-8

Eight (8) Boeing 787-8 planes.

  1. Embraer 190AR

Kenya Airways has fifteen (15) Embraer 190AR.

Kenya Airways is the official and flag carrier of Kenya. It was established after the dissolution of the East African Airways in the year 1977. Kenya Airways is headquartered in Nairobi with its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Airways began as state property of the Kenyan government until April 1996, when it was privatized. This made Kenya Airways the first African flag carrier to be successfully privatized.

Kenya Airways Destinations: Where does Kenya Airways fly to?

Kenya Airways flies to about 50 destinations.

Below is a list of the various destinations of Kenya Airways.

Domestic destinations

  1. Kisumu
  2. Malindi
  3. Mombasa
  4. Nairobi

International destinations

  1. Angola
  2. Burkina Faso
  3. Burundi
  4. Cameroon
  5. Central African
  6. China
  7. Comoros
  8. Côte d’Ivoire
  9. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  10. Djibouti
  11. Egypt
  12. Equatorial Guinea
  13. Ethiopia
  14. France
  15. Ghana
  16. India
  17. Italy
  18. Liberia
  19. Madagascar
  20. Malawi
  21. Mali
  22. Mauritius
  23. Mayotte
  24. Mozambique
  25. Mozambique
  26. Netherlands
  27. Nigeria
  28. Republic of the Congo
  29. Rwanda
  30. Senegal
  31. Seychelles
  32. Sierra Leone
  33. South Africa
  34. South Sudan
  35. Sudan
  36. Switzerland
  37. Tanzania
  38. Thailand
  39. Uganda
  40. United Arab Emirates
  41. United Kingdom
  42. United States
  43. Zambia
  44. Zimbabwe
Met a friend while on transit in Nairobi. We were all returning home
Met a friend while on transit in Nairobi. We were all returning home

Kenya Airways is the official and flag carrier of Kenya. It was established after the dissolution of the East African Airways in the year 1977. Kenya Airways is headquartered in Nairobi with its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Airways began as state property of the Kenyan government until April 1996, when it was privatized. This made Kenya Airways the first African flag carrier to be successfully privatized.

Kenya Airways alliance and how to join their Frequent Flyer Program

Kenya Airways is a member of the Sky Team, and not Star Alliance.  Sky Team is an alliance of some airlines geared towards providing passengers with a comfortable and seamless travel experience. The alliance consists of 19 airlines and welcome over 676 million customers each year on more than 15,445 flights daily to destinations of 1,036 globally.

Members of Sky Team

The following airlines are members of the Sky Team:

Air France, Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, AeroMexico, China Southern Airlines, AirEuropa, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, MEA, SAUDIA, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines, and XIAMENAIR.

Kenya Airways Cabin Crew
Kenya Airways Cabin Crew

Sky Team is also well known for its Flying Blue Membership package for regular passengers. Passengers who are members of Flying Blue earn Miles, and with their miles, they can gain access to special treatment and services. Passengers who are flying Blue members can also gain Experience Points (XP) and advance to the next level for more generous perks; getting more goodies and packages from the airline.

Below are steps to follow in registering for Flying Blue

  1. Visit https://login.Flyingblue.com
  2. Click on Join now
  3. Enter First and Last name
  4. Click on continue
  5. Provide primary information on your date of birth and gender
  6. Fill in the country of residence, language, country code and email address
  7. Read preference session and select your desired offer of subscription
  8. Enter password
  9. Read and agree on terms and conditions
  10. Click on create account
  11. Copy and save your generated Flying Blue number and click on continue to complete the registration process

Does Kenya Airways provide hotel for long layover?

Yes, Kenya Airways provides hotel accommodation for long layovers.

In air transport, layovers are when an air passenger would have to stay long for a while in a transiting country before they finally fly to their destinations. In such situations, some airlines provide accommodations for passengers while they are on a long layover.

Kenya Airways is one of the best airlines when it comes to the provision of hotel accommodation for passengers on long layovers.

Kenya Airways passengers on long layovers are provided hotel accommodation after they have been assisted to obtain the necessary visa. The hotels are usually one of the luxury ones closer to the airport. They are transported to and fro by the hotel’s shuttle.

Kenya Airways Cabin Crew
Kenya Airways Cabin Crew

Here is a list of activities passengers who are on a long layover at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport can do:

  1. A Visit to the Nairobi National Park
  2. A visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  3. A visit to the Animal Orphanage
  4. A visit to the Giraffe Centre

Kenya Airways is the official and flag carrier of Kenya. It was established after the dissolution of the East African Airways in the year 1977. Kenya Airways is headquartered in Nairobi with its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Airways began as state property of the Kenyan government until April 1996, when it was privatized. This made Kenya Airways the first African flag carrier to be successfully privatized.

Kenya Airways: Brief History

Kenya Airways is the official and flag carrier of Kenya. It was established after the dissolution of the East African Airways in the year 1977. Kenya Airways is headquartered in Nairobi with its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The unnamed man fell from the landing gear of a jet as it passed over south London. Pictured are Kenya Airways planes parked at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport near Nairobi (file image)
Pictured are Kenya Airways planes parked at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport near Nairobi (file image)

Kenya Airways began as state property of the Kenyan government until April 1996, when it was privatised. This made Kenya Airways the first African flag Carrier to be successfully privatised. Although it has been privatised, the Kenyan government holds the major shares with a controlling percentage of 48.9%, 38.1% owned by KQ Lenders Company 2017 Ltd, and KLM which owns 7.8% stake in the aviation firm.

Kenya Airways has a fleet size of 40 aeroplanes and travels to 53 destinations worldwide.

Kenya Airways Limited is one of the leading airlines in Africa and the world. By 2016, Kenya Airways could boast of 3,398 employees. The airline joined the Sky Team in June 2010 and has been a registered member of the African Airlines Association since 1977.

Emirates luggage allowance

Emirates Airline offers its passengers some baggage allowance. Baggage allowance is based on either the total amount of weight or on how many pieces of luggage travellers carry onboard. With Emirates, the weight concept applies to most routes whereas the piece concept applies only on flights to and from the Americas, and from Africa.

Emirates Luggage allowance depends on destination, travel fare and class. With the weight concept, allowance is based on the total weight of all your baggage.

Suitcases on the airport luggage conveyor belt. Baggage claim. Airport terminal. 3d illustration

Passengers can check-in as many bags as possible provided it does not exceed the weight limit for luggage allowance of patronized class. Each individual bag must not weigh more than 32kg for economy, 40kg for Business class, 50kg for First Class.

Below is a list of other packages for baggage allowance.

  1. 25 kg in Economy Special for flights between UAE and India.
  2. 30 kg in Economy Saver for journeys originating Australia and New Zealand for tickets issued on or after 26 November 2019.

How to purchase extra luggage on Emirates

Purchasing extra baggage is when passengers are made to pay for additional luggage that exceeds the luggage allowance that is allocated to the patronized class. With Emirates Airlines, baggage allowance varies depending on passengers’ route, class of travel, fare type, and Emirates Skywards membership tier. Cost of extra baggage allowance fees is charged in US dollars. Payment can be made online, or at check-in desks in the local currency, or paid through local Emirates offices.

Here is a list of the cost of extra baggage in Emirates Airlines based on weight concept for any additional kilogram (kg);

From / To Middle East / South Asia Africa Far East Europe Australia and New Zealand
Middle East / South Asia: $20 $30 $30 $30 $40
Far East: $30 $40 $15 $40 $30
Europe: $30 $40 $40 $15 $50
Australia and New Zealand: $40 $50 $30 $50 $15

Purchasing extra baggage online comes with specific discounts depending on the weight of baggage. The discounted rates are calculated in blocks of 5kg, up to a maximum of 25kg. Current online discount rates per passenger are:

50% for the first 5kg;

20% for any subsequent amount.

How to buy extra baggage in Emirates Airlines

Purchasing extra baggage is when passengers are made to pay for additional luggage that exceeds the luggage allowance that is allocated to them based on their ticket class. With Emirates Airlines, baggage allowance varies depending on passengers’ route, class of travel, fare type, and Emirates Skywards membership tier.

Cost of extra baggage allowance fees is charged in US dollars. Payment can be made online, or at check-in desks in the local currency, or paid through local Emirates offices.

Emirates Airbus A380-800

Here is a list of the cost of extra baggage on Emirates Airlines based on the weight for any additional kilogram(kg).

From / To Middle East / South Asia Africa Far East Europe Australia and New Zealand
Middle East / South Asia: $20 $30 $30 $30 $40
Far East: $30 $40 $15 $40 $30
Europe: $30 $40 $40 $15 $50
Australia and New Zealand: $40 $50 $30 $50 $15

Purchasing extra baggage online comes with specific discounts depending on the weight of baggage. The discounted rates are calculated in blocks of 5kg, up to a maximum of 25kg. Current online discount rates per passenger are:

50% for the first 5kg;

20% for any subsequent amount.