NAIROBI – Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced it will reduce its number of flights to the United States to five from January.
Kenya Airways Chief executive Sebastian Mikosz said this was a strategic business decision but maintained the airline is strongly committed to the New York route.
The Kenya national carrier currently flies to New York seven times a week. From January 15, the flights will only be on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week. Mikowz said Kenya Airways will continue to offer non-stop services to all its clients travelling between the two cities.
In a statement, Mikosz said: “Kenya Airways has today announced that it is adjusting the schedule for its Nairobi-New York route to five flights in a week effective January 15, 2019. Currently, the airline is flying this route daily.”
“As the only airline that offers a non-stop flight between East Africa and the USA, this route remains significant to us because of the role it plays in opening more economic and tourism growth opportunities for Kenya and East Africa.”.
“The decision to adjust our schedule is to cater for seasonality in line with global practices that allow airlines to reduce or add frequencies based on low or high seasons.”
Kenya Airways launched its flights to New York with so much pomp in October, but a month on, the airliner was forced to cancel several flights.
Mikosz said they would evaluate the option of reverting to daily flights for the route next summer.
By odindo Ayieko