Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced plans to drop direct flights to the United States and China even as it gears to resume international flights on 1st August 2020.
In an interview with the Business Daily, KQ Chief Executive Officer, Allan Kilavuka, said that upon resumption, the airline will fly to only 27 routes, which represents only half of their total routes. Furthermore, the airline will reduce the frequency to some destinations until the demand picks up, which is not expected for at least 18 months.
Although China has emerged as one of the key routes for Kenya Airways and accounted for the largest share of the KSh9.4 billion the carrier raked in from Asia, resumption of the route will be based on demand.
On the other hand, passengers travelling to the United States will now be forced to change planes in Europe or the Gulf.
The carrier will fly twice daily to Addis Ababa, Kigali and Dar es Salaam, and three times weekly to Zanzibar. It will also operate three weekly flights to London and Mumbai and five weekly flights to Dubai, while flying at reduced frequencies to Amsterdam, Paris, and London.
The airline currently operates 42 aircraft on routes to 56 destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America.