In an ever-growing drive to expand its route portfolio, Kenya Airways will be flying to these new and exciting destinations as well as servicing some existing routes with new aircraft.
A trip to Zanzibar aboard KQ is an experience to savour. The capital of the large island, Stone Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and makes a fascinating base for exploring this stunning archipelago. In a drive to expand aviation security detention capability at Zanzibar International Airport, new equipment has been installed in the airport: e-ray trays; walk through metal detectors; aviation DVDS; test pieces for X-ray machines. This equipment was officially handed to Zanzibar Airports Authority by the Foreign and Commonwealth’s Head of East and West Africa department Ms Harriet Mathews OBE and British High Commissioner Diana Melrose.
• KQ will fly to Zanzibar from June.
From 3 June 2014 Kenya Airways will begin flying four times a week between its hub at JKIA in Nairobi and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
Abuja replaced Lagos as Nigeria’s capital in 1991. It is the seat of the Federal Government and home to most of Nigeria’s institutions, including the Central Bank of Nigeria and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Abuja is also the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the regional headquarters of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). The addition of this route will help create new opportunities for business, industry and tourism.
KQ Group Managing Director and CEO Dr Titus Naikuni said that the introduction of direct flights to Abuja illustrated the airline’s commitment to supporting the continent’s development by facilitating intra-African trade, tourism and interactions between different regions.
Manda airstrip situated on Manda Island in the Lamu Archipelago has undergone major renovation. Established in 1962-63, the airstrip was initially a landing strip for the colonial administration. In the early ’70s, Avion Air started flying to Lamu. Now the strip has a modern terminal and Kenya Airways’ introduction of flights to this route will change the landscape of aviation in Lamu.
• Fly KQ to Lamu from July.
The new 787 Dreamliner is set to ply the Paris route starting in June this year. This, as Kenya Airports Authority races to finish the construction of about a dozen more aircraft parking bays in anticipation of more 787s this year.
This move to service the Paris route with the Dreamliner is one of the first steps for the airline in its expansion of the European routes currently being served by Boeing 767s.