Cape Town – Kenya Airways has launched an new direct service between Cape Town and Nairobi.
The inaugural flight which took off on Friday 1 July, with the three times a week service set to operate on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – between Nairobi and Cape Town via Livingstone.
The Kenya Airways flight will depart Nairobi at 7:20am, arriving in Livingstone at 9:30am before departing at 10:20 am for Cape Town International Airport. It departs Cape Town at 1:25 pm for Livingston where it departs at 5:10 pm to touchdown in Nairobi at 10 pm.
Kenya Airways currently operates three daily flights to Johannesburg.
Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze says, “Cape Town is a prime destination of choice for tourism and commerce and we are thrilled to launch flight to this great city. As our second destination to South Africa, we believe that this service will serve to provide convenient and reliable connectivity that is critical for investment opportunities and the mutual exchange of commercial activities between Nairobi, Livingstone and Cape Town”.
Mbuvi further expressed gratitude to the South African Government for facilitating the process of opening up the new route and for establishing links between the two countries.
Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, the Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, says, “This new route links the three top tourism attractions in Africa. It also connects the Cape to Kenya – one of our most important trading partners. Cape Town Air Access, a collaborative project to open up more routes to the rest of Africa and the world, will now be co-ordinating marketing efforts and business delegations to support the route.
With the new service, KQ becomes the first airline to directly connect Livingstone to Cape Town. The route will be operated by an Embraer E190, with a configuration of 12 business class seats and 84 economy class seats.