, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10 – National carrier Kenya Airways has increased its flights to Kisumu with effect Wednesday. The airline says it will now operate 20 flights each week to the lakeside city up from the current 14 flights a week.
KQ has also lowered its fares to Sh8, 800 inclusive of all taxes.
“Kenya Airways will operate three flights daily to Kisumu except Thursday which retain the normal double daily flights,” said Titus Naikuni, the Managing Director.
This development comes in the wake of a similar reduction in fares and increase in frequencies on the Nairobi-Mombasa route announced by the airline two weeks ago.
Mr Naikuni noted that there was increased demand for air travel in the local market and the airline was keen on offering capacity to meet the increased traffic. He added that KQ recently added two B737-300 aircraft in line with the airline’s strategy to increase the level of efficiency on the Mombasa and regional services by offering passengers more choice of flying times through increased frequencies.
“The low fares we have introduced coupled with the increased flights to Kisumu is evidence of our commitment to maintaining our market share in the local aviation market,” said Mr Naikuni.
Kenya Airways has embarked on an aggressive network expansion programme to cater for the growing passenger traffic and customer needs. The airline has plans to operate to Malindi starting early December.
In order to continue meeting the increased capacity and manage the frequency expansion programme, Kenya Airways has placed orders for two Embraer 190 aircraft which are expected to be delivered early next year.
Kenya Airways serves over three million passengers a year and flies to 50 destinations worldwide, 41 of them in Africa.
“Our main goal is to interconnect Africa and link the entire continent to the rest of the world,” concludes Mr Naikuni saying that the airline currently covers over 70 percent of the continent.