KENYA Airways has announced plans to expand operations in Nigeria with a direct flight between Nairobi and the country's capital Abuja starting June.
KQ which draws most of its revenue -52 per cent- from African routes said it will start direct flights between Nairobi and Abuja on June 3 as it eyes business and leisure travellers.
Abuja replaced Lagos as Nigeria's capital city in 1991 and is currently the base for the country's Federal government and home to most of its key public institutions including the Central Bank of Nigeria and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
The centrally located city is also the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States and the regional headquarters of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
"This is in line with our long term growth strategy, through which we aim to fly to every African capital by 2016. We are already a premier African airline boasting of the largest network of destinations in the continent," said KQ managing director Titus Naikuni in a statement issued yesterday.
The new route will bring the number of KQ destinations to 63, out of which 41 are African destinations.
Four weekly flights to Abuja will depart from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta airport every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 0750 hours.
KQ said the Abuja flights will be introduced following a review of the bilateral service agreements between the Kenyan and Nigerian governments in 2013.
Meanwhile, the airline which is set to receive its first 787 fuel efficient Dreamliner aircraft next month has launched a consumer awareness campaign that will see 250 people win a chance to fly on the new Boeing plane model, in a campaign that will run f0r 45 days starting immediately.
The campaign dubbed 'win a flight of a lifetime' entail participants getting a KQ dreamliner sticker and creatively displaying it to stand a chance to be spotted by a mystery man appointed by the airline and win.