Capital FM (Nairobi)

17 March 2014

East Africa: BA Boosts East African Operations

Nairobi — It will replace the Boeing 777s on the daily service between London and Nairobi with the larger Boeing 747-400s. This will add over 780 seats a week on the route.

In Uganda, it will increase services between Heathrow and Entebbe from three to four flights a week from the end of March.

It is also amending the schedule to improve connections at Terminal 5 to other international destinations including North America, where there is a choice of British Airways or American Airlines flights nearly every hour.

Edward Frost, the airline's newly appointed commercial manager for East and Southern Africa, says the schedule and capacity increases provide customers with more choice and better connections to London and beyond.

"We adjust schedules and capacity to reflect demand and this is another example of just that. The new schedule and capacity increases provide customers with more choice and better connections," says Frost.

The airline is backing the capacity and schedule increases with a series of special offers, with some fares discounted by as much as 42 percent and a choice of destinations in the UK, Europe and North America.

World Traveller fares from Entebbe to London start from US$299, while seats from Nairobi to New York over Terminal 5 are priced from US$699. Full details of the offers can be sourced from ba.com or travel agents.

Elsewhere in Africa, British Airways is increasing capacity to Ghana, deploying a larger four-cabin Boeing 747-400 aircraft to replace one of the Boeing 777s operating its 10 weekly services to Accra.

In early March it increased capacity to South Africa when it introduced six A380 services as part of its double-daily service to Johannesburg.

In May, it will grow its winter schedule to Cape Town from daily to 10 a week.

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