Kenya’s national carrier is set to resume its New York flights on Saturday following a seven-month pause due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
Kenya Airways chief executive Allan Kilavuka said the carrier has reported a 40 percent cabin factor load for the New York trip in early bookings.
The two-year New York route is a critical destination for Kenya Airways since KQ uses JKIA to connect passengers from other countries to the US.
KQ had predicted its New York flights would drive annual revenues up by more than 10 percent in 2019 and 2020.
“We are resuming the New York route on 31st (Saturday) with the first flight so far recording a 40 per cent cabin load,” said Kilavuka.
KQ will operate weekly flights on Wednesdays and Sundays on the route and later add a Friday flight.
In September, the carrier expanded its codeshare partnership with the US Delta Air Lines to link passengers on the direct flights to Dallas, Washington DC and San Francisco cities.