, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 11 – Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced plans to introduce direct flights between Nairobi and Abuja in Nigeria from June 3 this year.
Kenya Airways will begin flying four times a week between its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
The direct flights to Abuja will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On each of these days, Kenya Airways’ flight KQ536 will depart from JKIA at 0750 hours to arrive in Abuja at 1035 hours local time.
The return flight KQ 537 will depart Abuja at 1135 hours, to land in Nairobi at 1820 hours local time.
The airline’s CEO Titus Naikuni said that the introduction of direct flights to Abuja will help in supporting the continent’s development by facilitating intra-African trade, tourism and interactions between different regions.
“This is in line with our long term growth strategy, through which we aim to fly to every African capital by 2016,” Naikuni added.
Abuja becomes the second Nigerian city that Kenya Airways flies into and currently, the airline has a daily service of 10 flights of which seven are direct to Lagos.
Out of the 62 destinations that Kenya Airways currently flies to, over 40 are in Africa.
Meanwhile the national carrier has unveiled a major consumer campaign to mark the arrival of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on April 4 this year.
The ‘Win a Flight of a Lifetime’ campaign will see 250 lucky winners get a chance to fly on the airline’s newly acquired Dreamliner.
The aircraft is the first of six new 787 Dreamliners to be delivered this year as part of the airline’s fleet and route expansion plans – Project Mawingu. Three more Dreamliner planes are scheduled to arrive next year.
“Through this campaign, we are giving our customers an opportunity to sample the world class features of the new Dreamliner. With this state-of-the-art features, our customers will experience its enhanced features which include a quieter, smoother flight, lower cabin pressure, higher humidity levels and ambient mood lighting contributing to a more relaxed feeling upon arrival,” Kenya Airways Chief Operating Officer, Mbuvi Ngunze said.
To get a chance to win a free flight, winners will be expected to get a Kenya Airways Dreamliner sticker and creatively display it. Those spotted by a mystery man, Mr Dreamliner, will win instant prizes and will be entered into a draw for the ”Flight of a Lifetime”.
The campaign will run for 45 days from March 11.