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Kenia: Belgium Forbids Flights  
User currently offlinePressclub From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 774 posts, RR: 5
Posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1248 times:


The Belgian Civil Aviation Administration has Sobelair forbidden to fly to Mombasa/Kenya today. Sobelair had charter flight scheduled this morning with the 767 ER 300 OO-SLR and the Administration asked them not to fly.

So all passengers - holidaymakers from touroperator Thomas Cook - are still in Brussels. They will be refund or they can choose another holiday destination.

Pressclub

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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1227 times:

In my opinion, if the flight would be full there wouldn't be any reason to do so. If people cancel and the load would be poor I would agree. But why do they forbid the flight?

Once again, the Aviation and Tourism Industry will be hit because of a few ill guys running around and also because the media make even more panic out of it than it is.



Smooth as silk - Royal Orchid Service /// Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens - Springbok
User currently offlineAirblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1184 times:

I hope the Sobelair B763 could leave empty to take back home the tourists that supposed to fly back today from Mombasa.



User currently offlinePressclub From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 774 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1170 times:



No, aircraft will not leave Brussels empty. It's not allowed to fly to Mombasa at this moment.

The touroperator plans a flight on saturday night...





User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3652 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1107 times:

Does that mean tourists over there will be stranded for three days and wait till Sunday to fly back home? All other European airlines are also suspending flights to/from Mombasa? Maybe the tour operator down there could reschedule the passengers to fly back to BRU on foreign airlines. I wonder if Sobelair will cut that flight for good.
There is always a mentally ill moron (excuse my language!) doing such thing to get noticed by the press!

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium



Ben Soriano
User currently offlinePressclub From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 774 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1098 times:

As this is a charter flight, it is the touroperator who takes the decision... I just give you here the info given in a pressrelease from touroperator Thomas Cook.

User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1080 times:

"As this is a charter flight, it is the touroperator who takes the decision"

Not quite, the Aviation Authority can forbid the flight, normally on the advice of the respective Government Foreign Office to ensure the safety of passengers and crew.



I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1075 times:

Pressclub
Earlier you said that the Belgium Civil Aviation Administration has Sobelair forbidden to fly to Mombasa/Kenya.

Later you say that the Tour Operator takes the decision.

How can the TO take any decision of the Civil Aviation Admin prohibits flights to Kenya? Did I get something wrong?



Smooth as silk - Royal Orchid Service /// Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens - Springbok
User currently offlinePressclub From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 774 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1050 times:

You haven't understood what I wrote, Swissgabe and Rick.

The Aviation administration has forbidden the flight, but the decision of evacuating the stranded pax away from Kenya with other ailines for example must be made by the touroperator as the charter airline flies on behalf of the touroperator. That was my point.



User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 980 times:

Pressclub, thanks for justification regarding that.
Yeah, this makes sense. It's the TO/Travel Agent who has to rebook pax on other flights ...

Did the announce any reasons why the flight has been cxld? Just because of security or what? As far as I know no other carriers stopped flights to Kenya, isn't it? Well, Arkia etc might have done.



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User currently offlineLumumba From Belgium, joined Mar 2001, 369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 974 times:

Normaly there should be a flight arriving from JHB this morning.
But where is this flight????
Regards
Patrice


User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 970 times:

JHB flight leaves this afternoon, 18.20h.

Q7 701 JOHANNESBURG (JNB) 18:20 OO-IHV

Regards,
Frederic



User currently offlineLumumba From Belgium, joined Mar 2001, 369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 964 times:

And the wed flight comming back on friday?
Departure on Mon Wed Fri and return on Wed Fri Sun
Regards
Patrice


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