KQ cuts New York flights to 5 a week

Car­rier cites low de­mand in win­ter for move to re­view its US sched­ule on route

Business Daily (Kenya) - - CORPORATE NEWS - Ger­ald An­dae gan­[email protected]­tion­media.com KQ would eval­u­ate the op­tion of re­vert­ing to daily flights for the route next sum­mer

Kenya Air­ways has re­duced the number of flights on the newly launched New York route from the cur­rent seven to five a week ef­fec­tive Jan­uary 15.

The na­tional car­rier made the an­nounce­ment yes­ter­day in­di­cat­ing that flights to the US will now be on Tues­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day every week.

“Kenya Air­ways has to­day an­nounced that it is ad­just­ing the sched­ule for its Nairobi-new York route to five flights in a week ef­fec­tive Jan­uary 15, 2019. Cur­rently, the air­line is fly­ing this route daily,” read the state­ment from the car­rier.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Se­bas­tian Mikosz said in the state­ment the move to ad­just fre­quency a "strate­gic busi­ness de­ci­sion", adding that the air­line re­mains strongly com­mit­ted to the New York route and would con­tinue to of­fer non-stop ser­vices to all its guests trav­el­ling be­tween the two cities.

“As the only air­line that of­fers a non-stop flight be­tween East Africa and the USA, this route re­mains sig­nif­i­cant to us be­cause of the role it plays in open­ing more eco­nomic and tourism growth op­por­tu­ni­ties for Kenya and East Africa,” he said.

“The de­ci­sion to ad­just our sched­ule is to cater for sea­son­al­ity in line with global prac­tices that al­low air­lines to re­duce or add fre­quen­cies based on low or high sea­sons.”

He noted that KQ would eval­u­ate the op­tion of re­vert­ing to daily flights for the route next sum­mer, just as they had been do­ing for the Paris and Am­s­ter­dam routes.

An ear­lier state­ment in Novem­ber cited low de­mand dur­ing the win­ter sea­son. This saw KQ can­cel sev­eral sched­uled flights along the new route since the launch in Oc­to­ber.

The air­line de­parts from Jomo Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Air­port ( JKIA) at 22:55 on the said days, ar­riv­ing at John F. Kennedy in New York at 06:25 the fol­low­ing day. It then de­parts from the US at 12:00, land­ing at the JKIA at 10:30 the fol­low­ing day.

The na­tional car­rier started fly­ing to New York on Oc­to­ber 28 with the in­ten­tion of hav­ing daily flights be­tween the US and Kenya.

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Kenya Air­ways chief ex­ec­u­tive Se­bas­tian Mikosz.

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