Kenya Airways increases flights to key Africa destinations
Monday 2, December 2013
Kenya Airways (KQ) has confirmed the addition of 11 more flights on the route between Nairobi and Mombasa in response to requests by the coast hospitality industry which had asked for more seats and more flights into Kenya’s second city, in order to boost occupancies in their resorts.
The airline also added on more weekly flight to Malindi, making it a total of 8 per week, in this case responding to risen demand by the market.
Flights to Kilimanjaro, in code share with partner airline Precision Air, were increased from the current 5 to daily flights, again boosting capacity on this important route for regional tourism and trade.
Juba, South Sudan’s capital, has seen flights go from double daily to now 19 per week, here in particular reflecting increased demand for seats from Juba to Nairobi and then on to Mombasa, presently the key entry and exit point for imports and exports of Africa’s youngest nation.
The Seychelles will be happy to hear that the fourth flight has now been made permanent, having initially been added to cater for additional traffic in August, September and October, and the use of the Embraer E190 on the route has certainly added greater flexibility for Kenya Airways to operate the route with good load factors and positive financial returns.
The island of Madagascar, soon to hold its presidential runoff elections after which the African Union is expected to lift all remaining sanctions, has seen an increase from three to five flights per week while flights to Accra will now be operated by Boeing B767 wide body equipment, upped from the current use of a Boeing B737NG. The flights to Accra will, subject to regulatory approvals, be routed either via Freetown/Sierra Leone or Monrovia/Liberia as a stopping point enroute.
The decision by Kenya Airways suggests that demand has grown steadily for seats on routes from Nairobi into the airline’s Africa network, where Kenya Airways serves as key link for their SkyTeam alliance members, which are feeding their traffic into Nairobi where KQ then takes over.
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