Nairobi — Kenya Airways has made changes on its flight operations to Far East Asia as it optimizes its services to the region, which is a key economic partner for Africa.
The changes will increase capacity from its Nairobi hub into Guangzhou, China; as well as daily frequencies to the Bangkok hub in Thailand from mid-November, en route to other parts of the region.
From November 19, the airline will launch direct flights three times a week to Guangzhou while maintaining the four-times-a-week linked flights to the Chinese city via Bangkok.
These come in the wake of three times a week flights to Hong Kong via Bangkok that will be introduced on October 2, 2013.
Previously, the flights to Hong Kong were through Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Kenya Airways' Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Titus Naikuni, said that the changes were meant to optimize the airline's services into the Far East, thus facilitating economic interaction between Africa and the region.
"The Far East is not only a key source of foreign direct investment and trade for Africa, but is also emerging as an important source market for the tourism sector in the continent. For these reasons, we are optimising our services into the region so as to contribute towards sustainable development of the continent which is our core purpose," Dr Naikuni added.
The Kenya Airways' flights to Hong Kong will depart from Nairobi every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2020 hours, arriving in Bangkok the following day at 1000 hours. The onward flight to Hong Kong leaves at 1120 hours local time and arrives at 1500 hours local time.
The return flight from Hong Kong departs at 1905 hours on the same day, to arrive in Bangkok at 2055 hours. It then departs for Nairobi at 2155 hours local time, to arrive at 0325 hours Kenyan time.
The non-stop flights to Guangzhou will depart from Nairobi every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2359 hours Kenyan time, arriving at 1555 hours local time; while the return flight will leave at 2140 hours local time to arrive back in Nairobi at 0410 hours Kenyan time.