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KQ to start direct flights to Cape Town in July

The Kenya Airways flights will depart Nairobi at 7:20am arriving in Livingstone at 9:30am for a 50 minute stop and arriving at Cape Town International Airport at 1:25pm/FILE

The Kenya Airways flights will depart Nairobi at 7:20am arriving in Livingstone at 9:30am for a 50 minute stop and arriving at Cape Town International Airport at 1:25pm/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 19 – Kenya Airways will introduce three weekly flights between Nairobi and Cape Town, South Africa beginning July 2016.

It will be Kenya Airways’ second city in South Africa after Johannesburg and will be linked to Livingstone, Zambia, the gateway to Victoria Falls.

The Kenya Airways flights will depart Nairobi at 7:20am arriving in Livingstone at 9:30am for a 50 minute stop and arriving at Cape Town International Airport at 1:25pm.

The return flight will depart the South African city at 2:25pm to arrive in Nairobi at 10pm with a 50 minute stopover in Livingstone.

The service will operate on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

“We are excited to add a new destination to our network. We continue to connect Africa to the world and the world to Africa. Cape Town via Livingstone will offer our guests two holiday destination on one route,” KQ Group Managing Director Mbuvi Ngunze said.

Kenya Airways becomes the only carrier offering a direct service between Livingstone and Cape Town. It will be operated by Embraer E190 with a configuration of 12 business class seats and 84 economy class seats.

Last month, the national carrier announced several flight scheduling changes that are expected to boost connectivity for passengers in Africa, through its hub in Nairobi, by at least 20percent.

The opening of the runway at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at night last month will see the airline operate more hours of the day, thereby ensuring efficient use of its aircraft and crew.

“In the last two years we have improved fleet utilization by 30 percent by re-looking at our schedule and enhancing it to suit our customer needs,” Mbuvi said.

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