Virgin Atlantic to cease Nairobi service in September

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Published: May 21, 2012

Virgin Atlantic (VS) will cease service to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi from Sept. 23.

VS cited increasing costs and a challenging economic background in both the UK and the African nation as the reasons for the decision.

“Despite the best efforts of our employees, external factors including the high price of fuel, increasing aviation taxes in the UK and insufficient passenger numbers throughout the past five years have contributed to the decision,” VS chief commercial officer Julie Southern said.

VS president Richard Branson added he was “extremely sad to be withdrawing from Kenya … We hope to return should the economic situation change.”

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