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Kenya Airways announces return of Nairobi-Maputo flights

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Kenya Airways has announced the return of Nairobi-Maputo flights. These flights will take place three times per week starting from June 14, 2024.

The flights will be done on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays on an Embraer E190 aircraft.

According to Kenya Airways, the route to Maputo signifies a significant step forward for the airline and will not only cater to travellers originating in Kenya but also serves as a convenient connecting point for passengers from other African cities via Nairobi.

“The demand for air travel is soaring, and we’re determined to meet it by expanding our reach and fostering connections between Africa’s rich cultures and thriving economies,” Julius Thairu, Chief Commercial and Customer Officer at Kenya Airways said.

“The addition of Maputo to our network strengthens ties between Kenya and Mozambique, opening doors for increased trade, tourism, and cultural exchange.”

The resumption of the flights comes nearly five years after the national carrier stopped flying to Mozambique. In August 2020, Kenya Airways had suspended passenger flights to eight destinations across the continent in a bid to stay afloat amidst the pandemic that had struck the world at the time.

The routes affected had included Mogadishu, Khartoum, Djibouti, Luanda, Bamako, Brazzaville, Blantyre and Maputo. The national carrier now says that its resumption of the Nairobi-Maputo flights is in response to growing demand for travel between East and Southern Africa.

“Beyond Maputo, this expansion complements KQ’s broader network strategy for the full year 2024, which also boasts increased frequencies to popular destinations like New York, Paris, Lagos, Accra, and Freetown,” the carrier said in a statement.

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The national will charge passengers an introductory fare of Sh. 102,600 for a one-way ticket in the economy class. It will charge Sh. 195,780 for first-class seats for a one-way ticket as an introductory offer.

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