KENYA Airways (KQ) has launched flights to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique via Harare.
KQ commercial director, Hugh Fraser, said Kenya Airways will operate two
weekly flights between Nairobi and Maputo, on Sundays and Thursdays, using a Boeing 737-700.
Fraser said the opening of the route was part of KQ’s strategy to aggressively expand its southern Africa network and allow Kenyans to tap into Mozambique’s thriving tourism and export trade.
The country will also be a key attraction for tourists transiting through Nairobi. He added that the flights were timed to make it convenient for passengers to catch connecting flights out of Nairobi.
“We are focusing on an aggressive, strategic route-expansion plan. This has been driven primarily by existing and potential demand,” said Fraser.
“We are aware that the countries neighbouring Mozambique have robust economies and traders and tourists from this region wish to conveniently access the rest of the world,” he added.
“As Nairobi grows as an aviation hub, Kenya Airways is pursuing the objective of linking as many African cities as possible by air”.
The inauguration of the service comes just as the first phase of the airline’s fleet modernisation programme has been successfully completed with the acquisition of the second ultra-modern Boeing 777-200 ER, making it the airline with the youngest fleet on the African continent. The flights were the culmination of a long series of discussions between KQ and Mozambique air travel regulatory officials. – The East African.