NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
China Southern Airlines on Wednesday
launched a direct flight between Nairobi and Changsha, the
capital city of China’s Hunan Province.
Kamai, supervisor of Nairobi station at China Southern Airlines
told a media briefing in Nairobi that the airline already
operates two weekly flights linking travelers between Nairobi
"We now have four weekly non-stop flights between China and
Kenya and this will help to boost business and tourism links
among the two countries," she said when the inaugural
Changsha-Nairobi flight arrived in Nairobi.
During that flight, over 230 passengers from the southern
Chinese city were aboard the maiden flight.
As per the new schedule, the airline will fly from Nairobi to
Changsha on Wednesday and Sunday while non-stop flights between
Nairobi and Guangzhou will be on Monday and Friday.
Nashipai noted that Changsha is an industrial city that is
home to factories that produce goods that have huge demand in
"So we expect the flight to be very successful," she added,
revealing that China Southern Airlines also plans to begin
flying to other cities in east and west Africa.
The Chinese airline also has a code sharing agreement with
Kenya Airways to allow seamless connectivity for passengers to
other destinations in Africa.
According to Judith Kamai, the airline ferries on average
8,000 Chinese travelers per month to Kenya.
Abel Gogo, airport manager at Kenya Airports Authority said
that the direct flight between Nairobi and Changsha will open up
new opportunities for Sino-Kenya cooperation.
"The additional flight by China Southern Airlines will also
enhance Nairobi as a regional aviation and commercial hub," Gogo
He noted that people-to-people exchanges will be enhanced as
China Southern Airlines increases its frequencies to Nairobi.
He added that Kenya’s economy is likely to benefit when more
additional foreign airlines begin to fly into Kenya.
The KAA official noted that they are currently in discussion
with a number of Chinese airlines.
"We are currently in talking with Cathay Pacific Airways and
we expect their first flight to Kenya to happen at the end of
2019," he added.
Direct flight links
central China and Africa
CHANGSHA China (Xinhua) --
An air route was launched Wednesday to
link Changsha, capital city of central China’s Hunan Province,
with Nairobi, capital of Kenya, the operator said.
Operated by China Southern Airlines with an Airbus 330, the
outbound flight departed Changsha Huanghua International Airport
at around 1 a.m. in Changsha.
With more than 200 passengers onboard, the flight is
scheduled to take 11.5 hours to arrive in Nairobi.
The flight is to be operated every Wednesday and Sunday, said
Yang Bin, general manager of the airlines’ Hunan branch.
The return flight will take off at 12:50 p.m. and land in
Changsha at 6:15 a.m. the next day.
The first China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo will be held
in Changsha between June 27 and 29.
The opening of the new air route will not only provide new
travel options for passengers but also facilitate mutual
exchanges and cooperation.