Kenya Airways has increased frequencies to the US to three a week as demand for summer bookings pick up, coming as a relief to the carrier struggling with low numbers due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Since March last year, when Kenya recorded its first coronavirus case, the national courier has been struggling with low numbers due to the restrictions that governments had put in place to curb the spread of the ongoing pandemic.
The low numbers saw the airline reduce the frequency to one week after resuming operations in November last year. The US route is one of the crucial destinations for the national carrier as it plays a major role in connecting travellers who transit through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
Kenya Airways was operating five weekly flights to New York before COVID-19. Kenya Airways had projected its daily direct flights to the US would boost annual revenues by more than 10% in 2019 and 2020.
“We have seen an increase in numbers and we have had to ramp up our frequencies to three from one previously,” said the airline
KQ is the only airline in East Africa that flies directly to the US, making it easier for passengers from the region to connect through Nairobi.
Earlier this month, the courier announced the resumption of the Kilimanjaro route after suspending it last year. KQ said the resumption of service to this destination is aligned to the US flights, where connecting passengers from America will be flown to Kilimanjaro via JKIA.
The airline operates two flights a week on the route with plans to scale frequencies to three next month.