Friday, May 18, 2012

Kenya Airways’ New Flight to India on Delhi-Nairobi Route

To cater to the growing demand, Kenya’s national airline, Kenya Airways has launched a new direct flight service on Nairobi-Delhi route.

As per the airline’s press release, the inaugural flight to India connecting Delhi departed from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 1350hrs with a high-powered team led by Evanson Mwaniki, the Chairman of the airline’s board of directors.

With the launch of this new service, the number of destinations served by Kenya Airways has come to 57. Delhi is the second destination served by the airline in the Indian sub-continent after Mumbai.

The main agenda of Kenya Airways behind the launch of this route is to serve the expanding tourist flow between India and Africa and to strengthen the airline’s presence in the Asian market.

Kenya Airways Chief Executive, Dr Titus Naikuni confirmed in news reports the airline is set to offer four weekly flights to Delhi on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Kenya and India have a long-standing relation, both in terms of tourism and trade. The annual trade between these two countries is billed at around $2.5 billion.

India is a major educational hub among Kenyans. Heaps of Kenyans look for tickets on cheap flights to India to further their educational agenda. This is one of the market segments the airline hopes to tap into. Then there is the large Indian population that lives in Kenya, which again make cheap flight deals a great hit among travellers. 

The airline also plans to link India’s capital city with rest of the destinations the airline flies to in Africa.

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