Kenya Airways (KQ) has increased the frequency of its direct flights to the United States (New York) to three a week, up from once a week. This has been occasioned by an uptick in demand for summer bookings.
Since the onset of the coronavirus, the airline has been struggling with low numbers on the route, a move that saw the airline reduce the frequency to one, weekly, after resuming operations in November last year, following months of grounding. Kenya Airways was operating five weekly flights to New York before COVID-19.
Kenya Airways had projected its daily direct flights to the US would boost annual revenues by more than 10% in 2019 and 2020.
KQ is the only airline in East Africa with direct flights to the US, making it easier for passengers from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi to connect through Nairobi.
In alignment with the US flights, KQ early this month announced the resumption of the Kilimanjaro route after suspending it last year. Thus, connecting passengers from America will be flown to Kilimanjaro via JKIA.
Kenya Airways started direct flights to the US in October 2018, cutting the journey to 15 hours on the long haul route tapped as part of an effort to revive its fortunes. The flight has a 15-hour duration eastbound and a 14-hour duration westbound.