Kenya Airways announced flight scheduling changes effective April 1, 2015 that are expected to boost connectivity for passengers by 20 percent.
This coincides with a planned runway upgrade by the Kenya Airports Authority that will see the Nairobi’s JKIA runway closed for six hours daily, from midnight to 6 a.m. for the next year.
There will be an increase in flight frequencies in Africa and a changed flight schedule.
Africa is the main beneficiary of the changes allowing for better connectivity into Europe and Asia. Intra-Africa connectivity will be enhanced by the new schedule.
In a push to grow the leisure market and boost local tourism, flights to Malindi go up from seven to 14 per week and flights to Mombasa from 56 to 63 per week. Frequencies into Tanzanian towns of Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar have doubled to two flights a day.
Kenya Airways has introduced daily night flights to Lusaka, Zambia and Lilongwe in Malawi in addition to the existing day flights.
Schedule changes will also affect Mozambique, where flights to Maputo will increase from four to five a week and flights to Nampula increase from three to four a week. In Zimbabwe, Harare flights go up from 14 flights to 21 per week.
Kinshasa in the DRC will now be served by the B787 Dreamliner to accommodate more passengers and cargo.
Flights to Yaounde and Douala increase from five times per week to daily.
As part of its Bilateral Air Service Agreement with the governments of Ghana and Liberia, Kenya Airways will operate a flight between Accra and Monrovia.
The airline awaits clearance by the Kenyan Ministry of Health to resume flights between Nairobi and Monrovia banned last year following the Ebola outbreak.