National carrier Kenya Airways has resumed flights to Libreville, Gabon, after a six-year hiatus.
KQ, as the airline is known by its international code, will operate two daily flights through Yaounde, Cameroon to Leon-Mba International Airport in Libreville with an exception of Wednesday and Sunday. KQ will fly Embraer E190 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft on this latest route.
“We have re-opened this route expanding the number of countries we operate to in West and Central Africa to 15 destinations making it convenient for passengers connecting to East Africa, United States (US), Asia and the Far East or Middle East for business or leisure,” said Group managing director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz.
Gabon will be the fifth country that KQ will be operating to in Central Africa. It has flights to Congo, Cameroon, DR Congo and the Central African Republic.
KQ, the third largest airline in Sub-Saharan Africa said the return to Gabon was in line with its plan to claim a larger market share and expand connectivity across Africa.
The new route launch followed a day after the airline started direct flights between Nairobi and New York City on Sunday in a historic event that is envisaged to strengthen diplomatic and trade ties between Kenya and the US.
KQ is currently seeking to return to profitability by growing its top line through launch of new destinations, slashing its operating costs, disposing sub-prime assets, and overhaul of top management.