Monday, September 2, 2013

► KENYA: Tropic Air's AOC reinstated following KCAA's investigation into Somalia ops.

Tropic Air, a private air charter company based in Northern Kenya, has resumed flights after a 3 week-long suspension of its operations owing to an enquiry by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) into a humanitarian flight the airline supported in Somalia, in July. 

According to Tropic Air, it was alleged that it had undertaken this flight without the appropriate flight clearances though it has now been confirmed that all aviation protocols were duly followed. As such its Air Operators Certificate has now been reinstated.

The airline says the mission involved the "successful" recovery of two Spanish doctors working for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut, who had been held hostage for 21 months in Somalia, following their abduction from a refugee camp in Dadaab, North Eastern Kenya, in October 2011.

During this 3 week downtime, all flight commitments were met by fellow Kenyan air charter companies.