Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced it will begin flights connecting South Sudan’s capital, Juba to Khartoum in Sudan.
The route whose flights will originate from Nairobi is being serviced by an Embraer E-190 and will happen on a 5th freedom basis. According to the airline, wednesday’s flight schedule starts in Nairobi and connects to Juba before heading to Khartoum and then back to Nairobi while on Friday, flights originate from Nairobi to Khartoum before connecting to Juba and back to Nairobi
The airline sees this network expansion as an opportunity to provide much needed opportunities to boost business, trade and movement of aid and an enhancement of the airline’s long-term commitment to growing and improving connectivity across the African continent which is critical to enhancing the movement of people and increasing intra-African trade.
Commenting on the route launch, Allan Kilavuka, CEO, Kenya Airways said, “Kenya Airways is steadfast on creating free flows of trade and tourism across Africa and in other key markets because we believe our wide network and reliable services will aid in opening up opportunities across the region. The move comes as the region continues to enhance economic cooperation to drive sustainable growth across a range of sectors, in addition to boosting business between African nations.”
Julius Thairu, Acting. Chief Commercial Officer at Kenya Airways said, “Growing our presence in Africa affirms our industry lead with products and services that address the dynamic needs of our customers. The new service between Juba and Khartoum is timely and gives us an opportunity to serve a range of travellers and grow our customer base in both Sudan and South Sudan.”
Kenya Airways’ network currently stands at over 41 destinations, 34 of which are in Africa.