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KQ increases frequency of local flights to tap on growing demand

Silling has attributed the increase to a hike in demand during the peak travel season that has also led to the increase of flight frequency to Juba and Kigali routes/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 23- Kenya Airways has increased its flight frequencies to Mombasa, Zanzibar, and Kilimanjaro for the next one month.

Kenya Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Ursula Silling has attributed the increase to a hike in demand during the peak travel season that has also led to the increase of flight frequency to Juba and Kigali routes.

Mombasa will see an increase of two flights to twelve daily, while Kilimanjaro will have an additional flight to two daily flights.

The Juba, Zanzibar, and Kigali routes will each see an additional flight, with 4 flights to Juba (Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday), 5 flights to Zanzibar (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday) and daily flights to Kigali.

Additionally, KQ will also increase passenger seating capacity for leisure destinations by operating the Boeing 737-800 to Livingstone, Victoria Falls and Cape Town with a similar aircraft flying to Mauritius on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“The additional frequencies will ensure we serve our customers better, more efficiently and in a timely manner. This will also play an important role in growing our business in addition to supporting the tourism industry” said Silling.

The key routes and additional frequencies are part of Kenya Airways’ network expansion strategy which is essential to the ongoing financial turnaround.

The most recent developments on this front are the direct routes to Rome, Geneva, Mauritius, New York, Libreville, Mogadishu, and Malindi.  In addition to this, KQ has also increased flight frequency to Amsterdam, Paris, Bujumbura and Cape Town.

“One of our priority areas is the financial turnaround of the organization with a key focus on, network expansion, customer excellence, and prudential financial management” added Ursula.

In the last financial year, Kenya Airways served an average of 13,258 passengers daily, an increase from 12,484 in 2017.

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Passenger revenues in 2018 grew to Sh114.2 billion largely driven by growth in higher-yielding traffic to and from Kenya, an increase in premium business class traffic and commercial efficiencies.

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