Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways on Tuesday commenced the much awaited flights to Luanda, the Angolan city, giving Kenyans and other regional and international travellers from all over the world, direct access to the oil-rich nation.The airline will operate the route on a code share agreement with Angolan Airlines (TAAG) twice a week every Tuesday and Friday.
The national carrier has priced the inaugural flight at 50 U.S. dollars a special fare incentive that has general excitement in the aviation marketplace to celebrate the launch of the new destination.
Kenya Airways CEO Dr. Titus Naikuni said Angola is an important destination for the airline because of its rising economic importance as a trading partner for several African and European countries.
“We are doing this by adding new aircraft and establishing additional frequencies on the high traffic routes to ensure we offer more alternative flights to our customers.
“We expect that by the end of the year, we will have taken delivery of two long-range Embraer 190LRs to serve our regional routes,” Naikuni said.The commencement of the flights by Kenya Airways to Angola also marks the milestone additional of the regional carrier’s 50th destination globally and 41st in Africa, further expanding the airline’s route network which has been growing over the years as part of the company’s strategic initiative to link up major African cities with the rest of the world.
Naikuni said the airline will use the new route to serve business and leisure travellers within Africa and from outside the continent desirous of shorter connection time to rest of Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Far East through its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
Apart from its economic potential, Naikuni noted that Angola had proved itself as one of Africa’s foremost promoters of sporty successfully hosting the Africa Cup of Nations early this year.
He reiterated that Kenya Airways would relentlessly pursue its growth objective this year by adding new routes to its network and improving its efficiency on existing ones.
Naikuni said the airline was helping passengers with processing visas to Angola in view of the fact that Kenya does not have an Angolan embassy.He expressed confidence that the two countries would set up missions to enhance diplomatic ties by establishing representation in their respective capitals to promote bilateral relations.