, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 3 -The national carrier Kenya Airways has introduced an additional flight to Maputo in Mozambique to meet rising demand on the route.
Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni said that the additional capacity is expected to meet the surge in demand from trader traffic and to give the airline an edge in attracting travellers to the Southern African country.
Naikuni noted that the airline’s presence in the Southern African region has continued to grow steadily, adding that flights to Maputo had commenced only in 2006.
“There is increasing demand for air travel in the continent which makes Africa the new growth frontier in the aviation industry. It is, therefore, important for us to continue to grow our presence across the continent to meet this demand,” added Naikuni.
“The airline was progressing well with its planned expansion programme by significantly increasing its fleet and network of destinations. Within the Southern African region and in addition to Maputo, Kenya Airways flies to Nampula, Luanda, Harare, Lilongwe, Gaborone, Johannesburg as well as Ndola and Lusaka in Zambia.”
Kenya Airways will operate the additional flight under two flight codes – KQ740 and KQ741.
KQ740 departs from Nairobi on Mondays at 1050hrs to arrive in Maputo at 1355hrs, and KQ741 departing from Maputo at 1445hrs to arrive in Nairobi at 1950hrs.
The additional capacity is aimed at meeting the rising travel demand to the Southern Africa country, while allowing its customers in Mozambique to take advantage of the airline’s growing route
Commencing June 10, the airline will introduce an additional flight from its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to the Southern African nation. This brings to four the number of flights operated by the airline.