Kenya Airways will from today, Friday, stop flying to Hong Kong (China) and Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi, the carrier has announced.
The decision comes after the airline evaluated the efficiency of its network to maximise productivity, the management says, which comes with the rollout of a new winter schedule.
KQ, as it is known by its international code, will now serve Asia with a daily flight to Bangkok and Guangzhou, while continue serving Hong Kong and Hanoi through its Sky Team Alliance partners.
According to the airline’s commercial director Vincent Coste, the network change will also allow KQ to allocate more seats across its African network, where the demand outlook remains strong and capacity insufficient on certain routes.
“This network decision will help Kenya Airways to strengthen its focus on Africa. We will continue to serve our customers to Asia through our direct flights to China and Thailand and work closely with our partners to cover the Asian continent,” Coste said.
He said the airline is constantly assessing its network in order to position its fleet where there is strong demand.
With markets’ demand constantly changing, KQ is becoming more agile with this exercise.
The Nairobi Securities Exchange listed airline flies to 53 destinations worldwide, 42 of which are in Africa and carries over three million passengers annually.
It continues to modernize its fleet with its 36 aircraft being some of the youngest in Africa. This includes its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircrafts.
By Martin Mwita