In order to meet the growing demand of new flights in the route between Nairobi and Maputo in Mozambique, national carrier Kenya Airways have announced that they will start one additional flight per week in this sector. Starting June 10th, 2013, the new service will start from Kenya Airways hub in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi taking passengers to Maputo in the southern African country. The new flight will make the total number flights in this route by Kenya Airways to four.
The new flights will be operating under two different codes. Flight KQ740 will take off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 1050hrs on Mondays and land at the Maputo Airport at 1355 hrs approximately. Flight KQ741, on the other hand, will take off from Maputo at 1445 hrs and touch down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 1950 hrs.
This route is currently facing an increased demand from the business sector which Dr. Titus Naikuni, Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Airways vetoed. The additional capacity will allow the business sector to get a reliable service between the two countries and also ensure the overall travel sector gets a boost. Kenya Airways had started its flights to Maputo back in 2006 only and since then demand has grown steadily.
Dr. Naikuni also added that the African continent has been showing a sign for steady demand for flights in the past few years, making it a hot property for the major players in the aviation sector to explore. It is thus prudent for players such as Kenya Airways to keep expanding their network and ensure that they have a larger foothold in the market.
Dr. Naikuni also took the opportunity to mention that Kenya Airways is doing great and its expansion programs are progressing as planned as the airways is continuing to increase its fleet of aircrafts and the destinations that it services. Kenya Airways is currently flying to Nampula, Luanda, Harare, Lilongwe, Gaborone, Johannesburg as well as Ndola and Lusaka in Zambia apart from Maputo in the South African sector.