Service will operate three times a week
Kenya Airways’ inaugural flight to Cape Town left Nairobi on 1 July 2016. The new route is KQ’s second destination in South Africa, after Johannesburg, and flies to the ‘Mother City’ via Livingstone in Zambia, the gateway to the Victoria Falls.
Flights will operate three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing Nairobi at 7.20am, arriving in Livingstone at 9.30am, leaving Livingstone at 10.20am and arriving in Cape Town at 1.25pm. The return flight takes off from Cape Town at 2.15pm, arriving in Livingstone at 5.10pm, departing Livingstone at 6pm and touching down in Nairobi at 10pm.
KQ’s Group Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said: “We are excited to add a new destination to our network. We continue to connect Africa to the world and the world to Africa. Cape Town via Livingstone will offer our guests two holiday destinations on one route.”
Following the launch, Kenya Airways is the first airline to offer a direct service between Livingstone and Cape Town. The new route is expected to offer convenient connectivity for passengers from Cape Town and Livingstone to other destinations on the airline’s network.
The Embraer E190, with a configuration of 12 business class seats and 84 economy class seats, will operate on the route.
In March, Kenya Airways announced several flight scheduling changes that are designed to boost connectivity for passengers in Africa by at least 20 per cent.
In addition the airline has overhauled its fleet utilisation. “In the last two years we have improved fleet utilisation by 30 per cent by relooking at our schedule and enhancing it to suit our customers’ needs,” added Ngunze.
KQ names Jan de Vegt as Chief Operating Officer
Jan de Vegt has been appointed as Kenya Airways’ Chief Operating Officer, effective from 1 August 2016. He replaces Yves Guibert, who left the business at the end of July.
De Vegt joins the airline from Cobalt Ground Solutions in the UK, where he was the Managing Director. He has been at senior managerial level for the last 22 years, holding positions in Cargo Operations at the Air France-KLM group, including being Regional Director Operations Benelux, UK and Ireland; Regional Director South East Asia and Australia; and Vice President Asia for Air France, KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo.