Kenya Airways (KQ) has introduced two more flights to the Nairobi-London route following the decision by UK to add Kenya to the Covid-19 Red List over rising infections.

In a statement, KQ says the flights will are scheduled for April 4 and 8 due to rising demand for the flights before the UK travel ban on travellers from Kenya takes effect on April 9.

The national carriers adviced passengers who had already booked their flights before the advisory they can reschedule their flights for later dates or seek refunds minus penalties.

The UK government on Friday banned passengers landing in the European country from Kenya, as it added Kenya to the Red List over rising number of positive Covid-19 cases.

In an advisory from its website Gov.UK, Britain said from April 9 at 4am, visitors who have been in or transited through Kenya in the last 10 days will not be allowed to enter the UK.

It also says British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK who will be arriving in England from Kenya will be required to quarantine in a hotel.

“Of the average of 550 people that travel from Kenya to the UK each week, a significant number are testing positive on day 2. Nearly a third of those testing positive have been carrying the B.1.351 variant, which originated in South Africa,” a letter addressed to Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs read.