Air India has announced it will in the course of this year resume its flight operations to Nairobi seven years after it withdrew from the market.
The airlines’s chairman Ashwani Lohani said they had earlier sent a team to Kenya and Tanzania to asses the potential for these markets citing “requests from the two countries to introduce flights.”
“To Washington from 7th July, Stockholm from 15th August and Los Angeles from 1st September. Air India spreads its wings far and wide.This will be followed by Tel Aviv in Israel, Dallas in the US and Nairobi in Kenya sometime later in 2017 itself.” he said.
In 2010, Air India halted its Mumbai-Nairobi-Dar es Salaam flights because of high operating costs. It had pulled out of South Africa a few years earlier over the same reason.
Five African airlines fly to India including Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles and Egypt Air. Kenya Airways operates 12 weekly flights between Nairobi-Mumbai while Ethiopian Airlines flies to Mumbai and Delhi under a code share agreement with Air India.
In November last year, Kenya Airways entered into a code-sharing agreement with India’s second largest airline, Jet Airways, to allow the local carrier to fly more passengers into some key Indian cities.