Kenya Airways (KQ) has increased weekly scheduled flights to Ethiopia from three to seven, as high demand for passengers seeking air travel in the wake of political upheaval has gone up, with countries also repatriating their citizens from Addis Ababa.
The conflict in Ethiopia escalated this month after rebellious forces from the northern region of Tigray and their allies made territorial gains and threatened to march on the capital. On 2nd November, the government declared a state of emergency, reflecting the rapid escalation of a war that threatens to tear apart Ethiopia, and further destabilize the volatile Horn of Africa region.
The East African reports that the airline is offering a 15% discount to passengers who will make bookings between November 10-17 as an incentive to attract travellers on a route dominated by Ethiopian Airlines. A number of foreign countries including the UK and the US have issued travel advisories to their citizens residing in Ethiopia.
KQ has also increased flights to other routes including Dar es Salaam from 14 to 16, Entebbe from 14 to 16 and Kinshasa from five to eight.
Last month, KQ increased the frequency of flights to London after Kenya was removed from the UK’s red list; four flights weekly up from the current two.