, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 20 – Kenya Airways has announced the commencement of daily flights between Bangkok, Guangzhou and Nairobi, boosting the connections between Africa and China.
The daily flights are scheduled to start on April 1, serviced by a Boeing 767 aircraft.
It will depart from the airline’s hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi at 2335 hours local time daily, arriving in Bangkok at 1315hours local time.
It will then leave at 1505hours to proceed to Guangzhou at 1900hours. The return flight is through Bangkok as well.
At the moment, Kenya Airways flies between from Nairobi to Guangzhou via Bangkok four times every week.
Kenya Airways’ Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Dr Titus Naikuni, said that the daily service from Nairobi to Bangkok and Guangzhou would be convenient for passengers taking connecting flights to the 48 different African destinations that the airline flies to.
“This daily service will contribute towards sustainable development in Africa by linking it to the rest of the world,” Dr Naikuni added.
China, which is a key emerging market globally, has been scouting for economic opportunities in Africa, and the daily flights will facilitate movement of traders and their goods between these regions.
The introduction of daily flights between the three cities comes as the airline celebrates 36 years since it made its maiden flight.
The airline has also introduced new direct flights between Hong Kong and Dubai, operating three times a week. The new flights with night departures are part of its new Hong Kong summer schedule for 2013 between 31st March 2013 and 26th October 2013 which also includes flights between Nairobi and Dubai.
The thrice-a-week flights from Hong Kong to Dubai with extended connection to Middle East destinations will also strengthen the connection from Hong Kong to Africa.