KQ Downplays Wrangles, Increases Flights to Key Cities

Kenya Airways has increased flight frequencies to its various destinations even as a storm looms in its backyard over early retrenchment of pilots.

The airline on Saturday announced a new flight schedule effective Wednesday, which increased frequencies to Malindi, Lusaka Zambia, Lilongwe in Malawi, Nampula in Mozambique, Harare in Zimbabwe, Dubai, Yaounde and Doula in Cameroon and Paris.

The airline has also started using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Nairobi-Kinshasa route to accommodate more passengers and has introduced a flight between Accra and Monrovia following signing of a fifth freedom agreement allowing it to operate between two cities without returning to the hub.

This will help KQ, which gets good business from West Africa- improve revenues from that region as it awaits clearance to resume flights between Nairobi and Monrovia suspended last year following the Ebola outbreak.

“This change is expected to boost connectivity for our passengers by 20 per cent. This is coinciding with the planned runway upgrade program by the Kenya Airports Authority that will see Nairobi’s JKIA runway closed for six hours daily, from 12 midnight to 6 a.m for the next one year,” said the airline in a statement.

Flights to Mombasa will increase from 56 to 63 weekly, Malindi from seven to 14, Lusaka and Lilongwe twice a day from once, to Maputo in Mozambique from four to five, and to Nampula still in Mozambique from three to four.

Flights to Harare in Zimbabwe will be 21 per week from 14, Dubai 11 from seven and to Doula and Yaounde in Cameroon from five to seven weekly.

Paris will now have seven daily flights from five.

KQ is currently in negotiations with its pilots’ union following a dispute over early retirement of some Boeing 777 pilots and a pending job review of others operating this fleet.

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