, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 22 – Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced the commencement of direct flights to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, as it grows its presence in the Middle East.
The airline will start operating the service on the route from July 1 flying three times every week between Nairobi and Abu Dhabi on a Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
KQ will fly to the city on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays departing Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi at 1925 hours and arriving in Abu Dhabi at 0105.
The return flights will leave Abu Dhabi on each of those days at 0205 hours and arriving in Nairobi at 0555.
The city of Abu Dhabi is the second KQ destination in the United Arab Emirates, after Dubai where the airline already flies to 10 times a week.
The airline’s CEO Titus Naikuni said the new route will provide a vital connection between Africa and the Middle East leveraging on the relationship with Etihad Airways.
“These flights are intended to add value to our customers by providing improved connections and more choices of travel into other parts of the Middle East,” Naikuni added.
The launch of flights to Abu Dhabi comes just months after KQ signed a code share agreement with Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates.
The agreement allows the airline’s passengers to seamlessly connect to Etihad Airways’ other destinations, while also ferrying those originating from various Etihad destinations in the Middle East to different parts of Africa through Nairobi.