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First historic direct flight from Nairobi to Coimbatore

June 24,2020 

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Kenya is part of East Africa with capital at Nairobi. Around 250+ Tamil families are living in Kenya. Mostly Tamils work as business head, technical head, finance heads, etc. There are many Indians who came as tourists/visitors, few who lost their jobs, people in need of medical care are strandered in Kenya for last three months. Tamil Cultural Association of Kenya, in association with Kerala Association of Kenya and Catalyst Travels organised a Chartered Flight from Nairobi to Coimbatore. 

With the help of High Commission of India in Nairobi, we got permission from Tamilnadu Government to land in Coimbatore. The national airlines of Kenya, KENYA AIRWAYS flight KQ224 made its FIRST EVER DIRECT FLIGHT FROM EAST AFRICA TO TAMILNADU on 22 June 2020, Monday. Flight took off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi by 7:28 a.m. and reached Coimbatore International Airport by 4:25 p.m. 118 passengers traveled in this first historic direct flight from Nairobi to Coimbatore, that too in this difficult Covid19 lockdown period. 

Passengers includes a team of UN officials from Mogadishu, Somalia and travelers from Mombasa, Port city in Kenya. There were 52 Tamils, 35 Malayalees, Passengers had a warm welcome at Coimbatore Airport. Thanks to Airport Director Mr. R Mahalingam and Coimbatore District Collector Mr. K Rajamani I.A.S for their team. Also we thank International Passengers Volunteers at Coimbatore Airport - Ganesh, Ranjith, Bharath & Team for assisting our passengers for booking hotels, further travel, etc. Passengers were taken swab samples & quarantined at Hotels in Coimbatore till test results were provided. 

We thank all our team in Kenya & India, who helped us to make this happen and help distressed Indians from Kenya to reach home. Thanks, Executive Committee, Tamil Cultural Association of Kenya, Nairobi tamilkenya@gmail.com tamilkenya.org


- Dinamalar Reader Kavin

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