Kenya Airways has launched a new flight to India connecting Delhi from its hub, Nairobi. The move is a significant part of the Kenya’s tourism plan to fortify its presence in the Asian market and serves the tourist flow on India-Africa route.
Kenya Airways, the flag carrier of Kenya has rolled out direct Nairobi-Delhi flights. The move has been taken by the airline to serve the expanding tourist flow between India and Africa.
The inaugural flight to India connecting Delhi departed from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with a high-powered team led by Evanson Mwaniki, the Chairman of the airline’s board of directors, said the airlines press release posted on 10th May.
New Delhi is the 57th destination of Kenya Airways and second destination served by the airline in the Indian sub-continent after Mumbai.
Kenya Airways Chief Executive, Dr Titus Naikuni said in the airline’s press release: “We are growing our presence in the Asian continent. Our decision to fly to New Delhi is informed by the growing economic linkages between Asia and Africa.”
“KQ will be flying to New Delhi four times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. I encourage Africa to take advantage of this new service which has good connections to Intra-Africa flights,” Mr. Naikuni further added.
Kenya and India share a significant long-standing relation that dates back to several centuries. The airline’s pres release indicates that the trade between these two countries comes out be around $2.5 billion annually.
India is a popular educational hub for Kenyan students who look for tickets on cheap flights to India to study in the country. On the other hand, many Indians reside in Kenyan Diaspora, which again pushes the enquiries for cheap flights bound to India.
Few days back, Kenya Airways organised a dinner in Nairobi for airline’s partners and key personalities in business and diplomatic circles. In this meeting, Mr. Mwaniki observed that India is a significant part to the airline’s plan to strengthen its presence in the Asian market.