Kenya Airways has launched direct flights to Abuja, Nigeria, from its hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
KQ will now be flying four times a week between Nairobi and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
The launch comes on the heels of the recent state visit to Nigeria by President Uhuru Kenyatta, as the two countries seek to further cement ties.
Abuja becomes the second Nigerian city into which Kenya Airways flies. Currently the airline has a daily service of 10 flights, of which seven are direct to Lagos.
The introduction of the flights to Abuja follows a review of the Bilateral Service Agreements by the Kenyan and Nigerian governments in 2013.
Abuja is the seat of the Federal Government of Nigeria and home to most of the country’s institutions, including the Central Bank of Nigeria and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Abuja is also the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the regional headquarters of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).