Kenya Airways has strengthened its regional presence with new flights to Kilimanjaro in Northern Tanzania and Eldoret in Kenya’s Rift Valley.
From July 2, the Nairobi-based carrier will fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport six times a week using an Embraer E170, rising to daily from October 2012. The Eldoret services, which commence on 4 July, will operate twice a day, also using an Embraer E170 aircraft.
“In line with our plans to exploit the untapped economic potential of the African continent, we have identified Kilimanjaro as a strategic destination in the region owing to the vibrant tourism circuit in the hinterland including the world famous Serengeti,” said the airline’s Group Managing Director, Dr Titus Naikuni.
“Eldoret is a busy town considering its proximal location to the country food basket. Also, as more people seek opportunities in the counties, we expect passenger volumes to grow,” he added.
The launch of the Kilimanjaro and Eldoret routes follows the recent launch of flights to New Delhi, which commenced on 15 May.
Kenya Airways has also added another Embraer E190 to its fleet. The new narrow-body jet is the 10th Embraer aircraft in the airline’s fleet, and the third E190 leased from US-based Air Lease Corporation (ALC).