May 08, 2007

Kenya's National Carrier a force to reckon within Africa

NAIROBI - National Carrier Kenya Airways is among the the surviving national carriers on the African continent.

Others are mere franchises bringing together foreign partners to operate under local names.

The airline operates from the home airport of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and has lately introduced many new routes into the West African region.

Kenya Airways has a fleet of 23 aircrafts and serves over 2.5 million passengers annually.

The airline flies to 38 destinations globally in 30 countries.

The West African route has majority of destinations served by KQ. They include Lagos in Nigeria, Accra in Ghana, Cotonou in Benin, Abidjan in Code de Voire, Bamako in Mali, Dakar-Senegal, Freetown-Sierra Leone, Lome-Togo, and Douala in Cameroun.

Kenya Airways entered into the West African route after a long dominance by the Ethiopian Airlines.

The Ethiopian operated directed flights between Nairobi and West Africa.

Kenya Airways expansion of its route network has been with a view to improving its market position in Africa and worldwide.

The Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Ghana Airways and Air Gabon, currently compete for passengers on the West African route popularly referred to as traders' route.

The route is popular with the business community who trade between West Africa and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Kenya Airways popularly known as the Pride of Africa was voted the Most Promising African Airline by the Aviation and Allied Business Update in Abuja, Nigeria.

The award was given to Kenya Airways for its resilience and consistency in growth and operational efficiency. - KBC


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