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Kenya Airways to Start Direct Flights to New Delhi

March 15th 2012…. Kenya Airways has announced its commencement of flights to the Indian Capital city, New Delhi starting May 15th 2012. The much anticipated service marks Kenya Airways’ 57th global destination and 2nd in India.

The launch of this new route highlights KQ’s efforts to provide seamless travel and accessibility to travelers from Africa to Indian subcontinent and vice versa.

Kenya Airways will fly to New Delhi four times a week on a Boeing 767-300 as per the schedule below:

Flight No 

From 

Day of week 

Orig 

Dest 

A/C 

Dep 

Arr 

KQ  220

15 May 2012

Tue, Thur, Sat, Sun

NBO

DEL

763

13:50

23:20

KQ  221

16 May 2012

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

DEL

NBO

763

00:50

05:30

The new route highlights Kenya Airways ambitious growth plans to expand its network as part of its 10 year growth strategy. “New Delhi is the second city after Mumbai that we will be flying to India, we intend to open four more destinations in the sub continent as part of our 10 year expansion strategy,” said Dr. Titus Naikuni, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Naikuni noted that the destination has great business prospects as New Delhi is one of the largest cities in India, and the most preferred city in terms of information technology, investments, healthcare and government relations.     

India’s economic growth has averaged around 7% each year since 1997, making it one of the world’s largest emerging markets. According to industry forecasts, traffic flows between sub-Saharan Africa and India are expected to grow at a rate of 7.1% per annum over the next decade.

Kenya Airways remains the fastest growing airline in the continent and is pursuing a network expansion strategy that targets to link all African countries with the world, making it the airline of choice for travelers in the continent.

lndia has been aggressively promoting trade with Africa as it seeks to gain access to the continent’s emerging markets. The new route to Delhi seeks to expand and promote the bilateral and commercial relations between India and the African region

India is Kenya’s sixth largest trading partner, with a vast business presence in the country. Recently, Kenya-India relations have improved buoyed by increasing bilateral trade that hit US $4.8 billion in 2010/2011.

Recently the airline announced a right issue offer to be launched on March 30th. The company hopes to raise Kshs20.7 billion from its shareholders.

Proceeds from the rights issue are projected to fund implementation of an ambitious 10-year expansion plan dubbed Project Mawingu; which would see the airline increase it number of destinations from the current 56 to 115 destinations by the year 2021.