As part of its transformation program, Kenya Airways announces several flight scheduling changes that will take effect from 1st of April 2015. This change is expected to boost connectivity for passengers by 20%.
This is coinciding with the planned runway upgrade program by the Kenya Airports Authority that will see the Nairobi’s JKIA runway closed for six hours daily, from 12 midnight to 6 am for the next one year.
Kenya Airways will now operate an improved schedule that ensures efficient use of its aircraft, crew and flight connections for passengers. There will be an increase in flight frequencies to some cities on its network especially in Africa.
Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze said the rationale behind this hub redesign program is to augment operations while accommodating the runway upgrade.
Africa is the main beneficiary of the changes allowing for better connectivity into Europe and Asia. Intra Africa connectivity will also be enhanced by the new schedule.
Kenya Airways has introduced daily night flights to Lusaka, Zambia and Lilongwe in Malawi in addition to the existing day flights.
Mozambique flights to Maputo and Nampula will increase to 2 and 4 respectively. In Zimbabwe, Harare flights change from the current 14 to 21 per week.
Flight schedule from South Africa will be adjusted accordingly:
In a push to grow the leisure market and boost local tourism, flights to Malindi will increase from 7 to 14 per week (double daily) and Mombasa (56 to 63 per week). Frequencies into Tanzanian towns of Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar have also doubled to two flights a day.
Kinshasa in the DRC will now be served by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to accommodate more passengers and cargo.
Flights to Yaounde and Doula will become daily.
As part of its Bilateral Air Service Agreement with the Governments of Ghana and Liberia, Kenya Airways will operate a flight between Accra and Monrovia on the 5th freedom agreement. These agreements allow airlines to operate between two cities without returning to the hub.
The flights will operate as the airline awaits clearance by the Kenyan Ministry of Health to resume flights between Nairobi and Monrovia, suspended last year following the Ebola outbreak.
- Middle East, Asia and Far East
Kenya Airways will now fly to Dubai in the UAE 11 times a week as opposed to the previous 7.
The inaugural flight on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Hanoi in Vietnam is scheduled for the 30th of March 2015. Kenya Airways will fly to Hanoi 3 times a week, linked to Guangzhou. Flights to Mumbai, India will increase from the current once a day to twice daily with the day flight on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Flights to Paris in France will increase from the current 5 to 7 per week, while London in the UK and Amsterdam in the Netherlands remain as a daily flight. All three destinations will now be served by the latest aircraft in the fleet.
Please visit the Kenya Airways website to see the comprehensive changes to the flight schedule.
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About Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 51 destinations worldwide, 42 of which are in Africa and carries over three million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 41 aircraft being some of the youngest in Africa. This includes its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircrafts. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Most recently it has scooped top awards at the Africa Investor (Ai) Tourism Investor Awards and was declared the Business Airline of the Year in Africa. Kenya Airways takes pride for being in the forefront of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra-modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. For more information, please visit www.kenya-airways.com