KQ to boost operations

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Kenya Airways has made changes to its schedule in an effort to boost connectivity by 20%.

This coincides with the planned runway upgrade programme by the Kenya Airports Authority that will see the runway at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport closed for six hours daily for the next year. (See story here)

The airline has introduced daily night flights to Lusaka (Zambia) and Lilongwe (Malawi) in addition to the existing day flights.

Mozambique flights to Maputo and Nampula will increase to two and four respectively. In Zimbabwe, Harare flights change from the current 14 to 21 per week. Flights to South Africa have also been adjusted and increased where necessary.

Domestically, flights to Malindi will increase from seven to 14 per week (double daily) and Mombasa from 56 to 63 per week.

Frequencies into Tanzanian towns of Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar have also doubled to two flights a day.

Kinshasa (DRC) will now be served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to accommodate more passengers and cargo. Flights to Yaounde and Doula (Cameroon) will become daily.

As part of its Bilateral Air Service Agreement with the Governments of Ghana and Liberia, KQ will operate a flight between Accra (Ghana) and Monrovia (Liberia) on a fifth freedom agreement. 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.

KQ will now fly to Dubai (UAE) 11 times a week as opposed to the previous seven.

It will als7so fly to Hanoi (Vietnam) three times a week, linked to Guangzhou (China). 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 (France) will increase from the current five to seven per week, while London (U.K.) and Amsterdam (Netherland)s remain as a daily flight. All three destinations will now be served by the latest aircraft in the fleet.