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Kenya Airways set to return to Italy in June

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Kenya Airways is adding more flights to Europe as tourist-reliant countries like Italy continue to allow visitors from other nations across their borders even as travel restrictions ease for the first time in a while.

KQ will be resuming flights to Italy’s Rome–Fiumicino International Airport from June 8, the company said in its mailout to passengers. Regular flights between Nairobi and Rome had been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Moreover, KQ will launch new flight to Milan-Malpensa Airport via Rome and will be served 2X-weekly, on Wednesdays and Sundays using the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner configured in 30 business class seats and 204 economy class seats.

The flight will depart Milan Malpensa Airport at 17.20 to arrive in Rome-Fiumicino at 18.45. The flight will then depart from Rome at 20.05 to arrive in Nairobi at 05.15.

The return from Nairobi is at 10.00 with arrival in Milan-Malpensa at 16.00.

“Kenya Airways operates direct flights to Europe; Amsterdam, London and Paris and from 8th June 2022, will resume the service from Rome-Fiumicino to Nairobi as well as launch the new route from Milano Malpensa to Nairobi,” the airline announced.

Meanwhile, the Kenyan legacy carrier has appointed Seabury Consulting, part of Accenture, to advise its board on the restructuring process being undertaken by the airline in restructuring its debt as well as advising the board on growing revenues on a long-term business plan.

Confirming the deal, KQ Board Chairman Michael Joseph said, “They [Seabury Consulting] will assist with the restructuring as part of the financial support from the National Treasury.”

This comes as the Kenyan government plans to inject another KES26.56 billion shillings (USD233.7 million) into the cash-strapped airline according to a supplementary budget estimates by the National Treasury presented to Parliament recently.

This is on top of KES53.4 billion (USD470 million) in direct budget support already allocated to the airline for the fiscal year ending June 2022, with the government having promised to absorb KES92.5 billion (USD814 million) of its debts accumulated by the end of 2020.

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