KQ targets Olympics with more flights
Posted Wednesday, June 13 2012 at 19:47
Kenya Airways will from July increase its weekly flights to London from seven to 10 as it seeks to capitalise on the extra passenger numbers expected to arise from the Olympic Games.
The flight changes are initially set to last until September, but the airline is unlikely to reverse them once Virgin Atlantic exits the Kenyan market on September 24.
The JKIA-Heathrow route accounts for about 15 per cent of KQ’s revenues, but the eurozone crisis saw it announce a drop in passenger traffic to 113,184 in the three months to March compared with 118,035 in a similar quarter last year.
The London route is one of the several flight frequency changes KQ announced on Wednesday.
“Owing to the decreased passenger volumes on these routes, we have to re-align our capacity across the entire network to meet demand on other destinations including new ones,” said KQ’s chief executive Titus Naikuni.