Growing travel demand has prompted Emirates to extend its Nairobi-Dubai service to two times a day from December 15.
Similar to the current daily service between Dubai and Kenya, the added frequencies will be operated with Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, offering eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class,” the carrier said in a statement on Friday.
The increment will see the airline restore its services to pre-pandemic levels by bringing all 14 flights on the route in a move aimed at enhancing connectivity between the two cities and to onward destinations.
Outbound flight EK 719 will depart from Dubai at 0935 on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, arriving in Nairobi at 13:45hrs. The return service, EK 720 will depart from Nairobi on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 15:40 hrs and arrive in Dubai at 21:40 hrs.
In addition to the increased passenger capacity, the airline says, the new flights will provide around 80 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight, opening more trade lanes for Kenya’s exports such as horticulture and meat to land in the market in a timely fashion.
Competition from Kenya Airways
Meanwhile, Kenya Airways started nonstop flights from the coastal city of Mombasa to Dubai to cater for leisure demand from the Middle East and Europe.
The Kenyan national carrier will now offer a Nairobi-Mombasa-Dubai routing, as well as maintaining its existing 10X-weekly nonstop Nairobi-Dubai route, which operates using a mix of 737-800s and 737-8s.
Kenya Airways will be targeting inbound leisure passengers to Mombasa, located in southeastern Kenya along the Indian Ocean. Cargo will also be a factor, offering increased belly capacity for the export of sea food and fresh produce to the Middle East.