NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Airways plans to expand its international
routes to help grow passenger numbers and cargo revenues as part
of its turnaround program.
Sebastian Mikosz, CEO of
Kenya Airways, revealed that plans are underway to start direct
flights to Beijing later this year when the new Beijing Daxing
International Airport is opened.
"We consider this route expansion to be quite essential to
our turnaround program.
"These new routes will play an important role in facilitating
more business and tourism opportunities and strengthening
Nairobi as the top business hub," Mikosz said in a statement
issued in Nairobi on Tuesday.
This came after the national carrier launched flights to
Rome, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland last week, targeting the
high number of tourists and business travelers on these routes.
Mikosz said Kenya Airways will this year see the return of
its ninth B787-8 from Oman Air, as scheduled, to support the
network expansion into Rome and Geneva.
He said the airline will operate the new routes four times
weekly using its flagship aircraft Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
The carrier said it commenced direct fights between Nairobi
and Malindi this week, the primary destination for most Italian
tourists and also home to a large proportion of the Italian
community in Kenya.
Kenya to host key global
aviation forum in December
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) said Friday it
will host a three-day international aviation forum in December
to discuss air services to and in Africa.
The 13th Routes Africa, an intra-Africa routes development
forum, will be held on Dec. 8-10, KAA CEO Jonny Andersen said in
a statement issued in Nairobi.
Representatives from the world’s leading airlines, airports,
and tourism operators will attend the event, the statement said.
"Kenya is the regional aviation powerhouse. Our geographical
location gives us an advantage in connections to most
international hub cities in world," Andersen said.
"Kenya’s centralized proximity to Europe, Asia, Middle East,
Americas and the rest of Africa makes this a profitable aviation
route," he said. "Our status as a trade and tourist regional hub
also makes Kenya an attractive destination."
Routes Conference and Exhibition will be held in the coastal
city of Mombasa.
"The forum will be an opportunity to showcase Kenya’s
available facilities and attractions.
"We are proud to host Routes Africa 2019 and look forward to
welcoming delegates to magical Kenya," Andersen said.