Kenya amends flight schedules to optimize capacity

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Published: June 18, 2012

Kenya Airways (KQ) is suspending services to Muscat (MCT) and Rome (FCO) as part of its capacity optimization plans aimed at increasing frequency on some existing routes, and introducing new destinations in Africa and the Middle East ( ATW Daily News, June 15 ).

KQ Group managing director Titus Naikuni said there was insufficient demand on the MCT-FCO route to sustain it. “Owing to the decreased passenger volumes on these routes, we have decided to re-align our capacity across the entire network to meet growing demand on other destinations including new ones,” Naikuni said.

Other changes include adding a 3X-weekly Jomo Kenyatta (NBO)-Dubai (DXB) service, bringing to 10 the number of weekly flights.  

KQ is also combining its daytime Lagos (LOS) and Accra (ACC) services, routing NBO-LOS-ACC-NBO. As a result, KQ will be operating 12X-weekly service to ACC and 9X-weekly flights to LOS. KQ has also increased frequency to Ndjamena to 3X-weekly. Flights to Dakar will connect through Ouagadougou (OUA), increasing frequency to OUA to 3X-weekly; Bamako flights will operate via Cotonou 3X-weekly.

The airline said introducing widebody capacity to LOS and ACC will have a “significant impact” on its passenger and cargo revenue streams and enable the airline “to offer more capacity and minimum connecting time between Guangzhou, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Dubai, Mumbai (BOM) and West Africa.”

Outside Africa, KQ flights to BOM will increase from daily to 10X-weekly, with 3X-weekly flights to Delhi. KW will increase Jeddah frequency to 3X per week from July.

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