Kenya Airways increases flights to European routes as summer demand surges

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways has increased frequencies to Europe following high demand from passengers seeking air travel for summer holidays. The carrier has increased weekly flights to Paris from three to four starting Saturday, July 17, 2021, London will get an additional flight from one to two starting July 27 while Amsterdam will get two frequencies beginning August 2, 2021. The rise in demand is the product of increased travel to Kenya and other East Africa countries by western tourists seeking safari visits and a view of the wildebeest migration in…

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Kenya Airways unveils innovation hub to support youth mentorship

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways PLC (KQ) has launched the Fahari Innovation Hub, a center for innovation that acts as a springboard for new ideas and data-driven innovations to accelerate impact-driven solutions that address some of the societal and business challenges. The Fahari Innovation Hub is part of the airline’s s strategy in contributing to the sustainable development of Africa by empowering, partnering, and co-creating innovative ideas and strategies with local start-ups and the small-medium enterprises (SMEs) ecosystem. Speaking during the launch Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and…

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Kenya Airways and Delta Airlines expand codeshare agreement

KENYA – Kenya Airways (KQ) and Delta Airlines have expanded their codeshare agreement, increasing the choice of destinations and extending Kenya Airways’ reach in North America via the U.S. gateway of New York-JFK and those of Delta in Africa. The new agreement enhances the airlines’ reach to 39 cities across Africa, the United States, and Canada. The enhanced agreement enables Delta customers flying nonstop on the airline’s services from New York-JFK to Accra, Ghana, to connect with Delta-marketed codeshare flights to Monrovia, Liberia, and Freetown, Sierra Leone, operated by Kenya…

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Kenya Airways to resume Nairobi – London flights as the summer season begins

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) will resume operations on the Nairobi-London route on June 26 after the East African nation restored flights ahead of the peak summer tourism season. The airline suspended flights on the route in April following a government directive banning all flights to or from Kenya to the UK. “We are starting with one at the moment, but we shall add more frequencies if we realise that there is a rise in forward bookings,” KQ director of Corporate Communication Dennis Kashero told the Business Daily.…

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Kenya Airways hires consultancy firm to guide its turnaround strategy

KENYA – Kenya Airways (KQ), the flag carrier airline of Kenya has picked a British consultancy firm, Steer Group, to guide it on the most viable turnaround strategy options in the face of deepening financial losses and depressed passenger numbers. The airline’s  chief executive officer Allan Kilavuka said the London-based consultancy firm took up the assignment in May 2021 and will be retained for three months. “Kenya Airways has come up with short, medium, and long-term strategies to help in realising two main objectives.” “The first is to survive the…

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Kenya Airways and South African regional airline Airlink sign interline agreement

KENYA – Kenya Airways has signed an interline agreement with Airlink, a South African regional airline to extend the Kenya’s national carrier’s in the Southern Africa region via Johannesburg and Cape Town. The new agreement will offer customers seamless travel of over 40 cities across Africa. Kenya Airways continues to diversify its services and operations in response to their customers needs. Under this latest agreement, Kenya Airways customers flying to South Africa will be able to connect with Airlink operated flights to Windhoek, Durban, Gaborone, Maseru, Pemba, Maputo, Port Elizabeth, among…

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Kenya Airways seeks US$501m bailout to weather Covid-19 pandemic

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) says it will need at least US$500 million in bailouts to stay afloat in the next nine months as it navigates the turbulent aviation sector following collapse in air travel demand amid Covid-19 economic fallout. The airline’s chief executive officer Allan Kilavuka, said that the money will be used on operations including staff remuneration, maintenance of aircraft and settling water, security, and electricity bills. Without the government bailout, Mr Kilavuka warned the airline risks running out of money in the near future as…

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Kenya Airways sinks into worst ever loss of US$329.5m

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has reported a net loss of US$329.5 million for 2020, the worst ever in the history of the airline, on account of Covid-19 disruptions that led to a sharp decline in passenger numbers. The loss, for the financial year ended December 2020, is almost triple more the US$118.2 million net loss it had posted a year earlier, and now deals a major blow to the recovery efforts of the national carrier. KQ chairman Michael Joseph says the outlook still looks bleak and the…

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Kenya Airways resumes Nairobi – New Delhi cargo flights

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ), freight division KQ Cargo, has announced the resumption of its cargo services to New Delhi. The first cargo flight to resume from New Delhi landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, on 21st February 2021, carrying pharmaceuticals, machinery, and general merchandise from New Delhi. The weekly service will also serve to support Kenya’s and intra-African export market and provide a welcome lifeline to many local businesses reliant on overseas markets. Dick Murianki Kenya Airways Cargo Director said that KQ Cargo has…

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Kenya Airways slashes Nairobi – New York flights to one weekly

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has reduced Nairobi – New York flights to once per week after demand failed to grow since resuming operations on route on November on fresh Covid-19 restrictions. The airline said the Covid-19 fears and restrictions has affected demand on the US route, prompting the national carrier to scale down frequency from the planned two weekly flights. New travel rules require all international air travellers aged two years and older to present a negative coronavirus test taken within three calendar days of travel or proof…

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