KQ to resume flights to Rome in June


Kenya Airways aircraft at JKIA. FILE PHOTO | AFP

Kenya Airways (KQ) will resume direct flights to Rome, Italy on June 6 flying two times a week from Nairobi.

The carrier will operate the flights on Wednesdays and Sundays, down from a frequency of four before the Covid-19 restrictions were imposed forcing airlines to ground their fleet.

Last year, KQ expanded its code-share agreement with the Rome-based Alitalia Airline, creating additional connectivity to the networks of the two carriers by allowing customers can fly seamlessly to their destinations.

“We are delighted to resume weekly flights to Rome and will continue to maintain an expanding schedule to various destinations across our network as countries ease travel restrictions. Our codeshare partnership with Alitalia, offers our customers excellent connections in Rome to rest of Italy, Europe, and USA and in Nairobi to the rest of Africa including Vanilla Islands” said Julius Thairu, Kenya Airways chief customer and commercial officer on Friday.

The codeshare flights give tourists and businesspeople additional travel options and better flight schedules when travelling between African points into Europe, the Far East and South America through the two airlines’ hubs in Rome and Nairobi.

KQ re-introduced flights to Rome in 2019 after a seven-year hiatus, banking on increased traffic between the two continents and a new link in Geneva to boost its earnings.

While Rome, with its status as a ‘global city’, has rich history and culture, making it one of the top tourist destinations, Geneva hosts the highest number of international agencies such as the UN.