The move forms part of the airline’s ongoing turnaround programme. Kenya Airways’ Group MD and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said: “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. Through this, the airline has the same number of seats, but with a much lower cost of the fleet.” The main changes are as follows:
• Kenya and East Africa: KQ will fly five times daily to Entebbe and Dar es Salaam, and up to three times per day to Arusha, Bujumbura, Kigali and Juba. Domestically, Malindi is served twice daily, Kisumu four times and Mombasa eight times.
• Southern Africa: A fourth daily flight to Johannesburg has been introduced. There are now night flights to Antananarivo, increasing frequency to twice a day.
• West and Central Africa: Bangui sees its frequency increase to three times per week. Recently introduced night flights to Lagos and Kinshasa and reopened flights to Freetown and Monrovia continue into the new schedule.
• North Africa: KQ now flies three times a day to Addis Ababa. Morning departures from Nairobi at 7.20am with the return flight at 8pm will enable business passengers to travel to Addis and back on the same day.
• Europe: Flights to London now depart Nairobi at 9.10am (night connections will continue via Paris and Amsterdam). KQ will also introduce extra weekend flights to Amsterdam during August. The timings of these flights will improve connectivity to and from the US and Europe.
KQ earns International Safety Award
Kenya Airways have won an International Safety Award with merit from the British Safety Council, in recognition of their commitment to keeping their workers and workplaces healthy and safe during 2015.
The airline is the only Kenyan company to win a merit in the 2016 Awards. Now in their 58th year, the International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations from around the world that have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health.
Alex Avedi, Kenya Airways Director of Corporate Quality, Safety, Security & Environment, said the airline had worked hard to improve its work environment to protect its employees, which had advanced its ranking.
“The safety and security of our people is paramount and one of our core values,” said Avedi. “We are very pleased to have improved our rating in 2015. We will be going for a distinction this year.”