The Ministry of Transport has tabled bilateral air service agreements between Kenya and eight countries that will see Kenya Airways (KQ) expand its flights destinations to new markets.
The Transport Ministry said Kenya had air agreements with the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Chile, Belize, Suriname, Austria, Tanzania, and Barbados.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia says the bilateral air services agreements will enable airlines to expand their existing route networks by directly operating scheduled services to other markets.
He said where airlines are unable to offer services, the agreement allows them to enter into commercial arrangements such as codeshare agreements, which allow airlines to grow the demand in other markets by putting their code on other carriers thereby offering seamless connectivity to the travelling public.
“These are new agreements with exception of Tanzania, hence no Kenyan carrier operates on the routes. Similarly, no airlines are operating scheduled air services into the country from any of the subject States except Tanzania,” Business Daily quotes Mr Macharia.