NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 20- Kenya Airways will on September 17 launch two direct flights to Ndola, the second largest city in copper-rich Zambia.
The twice-weekly flights will depart from Nairobi every Thursday and Saturday.
“Ndola becomes the 36th African destination in the KQ network with recent additions being to Congo-Brazaville and Libreville; launched in March and June this year respectively,” said a statement from the airline.
With a population of over 774,000, Ndola is the industrial, commercial, administrative and distribution hub of the Copperbelt, Zambia’s copper-mining region and has one the three internationals airports, others being Livingstone and Lusaka.
Kenya Airways Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni said this makes the carrier’s schedule to the Southern Africa region a very robust one as it currently operates three daily flights into Johannesburg, South Africa and double dailies to Lusaka, Zambia.
Already KQ has 10 flights a week to Lilongwe, Malawi and Harare, Zimbabwe and three weekly flights to Maputo, Mozambique.
“Travellers on this route are expected to benefit greatly from the superb connections that KQ’s network provides to destinations across Africa, the middle and far-East and Europe through its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport,” he added.
This new route will also make travel out of Zambia more convenient for the residents and business community of Kitwe and Chingola which are part of Zambia’s rich copper belt and who usually have to travel to Lusaka or Johannesburg to connect to the world.
Mr Naikuni said Kenya Airways has continued to invest heavily in network expansion to cater for the growing needs of the African traveller.
“This route expansion has been accompanied by fleet modernisation and a commitment to safety and growing aviation standards in the continent,” he said.
Kenya Airways operates one of the youngest fleets in sub-Saharan Africa and its 25 aircraft are poised to deliver a superior flying experience and increased cargo capacity.
The airline is also expected to launch the Gaborone route on September 4.