Kenya Airways (KQ) has cut its flight frequency to Entebbe, Uganda, from 12 to 9, weekly, citing an upsurge of COVID-19 in Uganda and strict government containment measures (total lockdown with restriction on movement from one district to another), which have reduced travel demand.
Kenya Airways has previously also slashed the frequency of its flights to New York from two to one weekly, citing a slump in demand since resuming operations on the route on 29th November 2020 after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
On the bright side, though, the airline has negotiated for a productivity-based payment method with its lessors, seeking to evade the fixed cost and cut expenses involved in fleet management. The airline has changed the lease terms on its aircraft fleet, opting for hourly rates in place of fixed costs.
The airline thus expects to save $45 million (Sh4.85 billion) this year, already having saved $3.1 million after terminating a leasing agreement of two Boeing 737-700 from its lessors.