National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has increased the number of flights to Mombasa, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro for a month in an effort to match increased demand of flights on the routes.
According to a news report by Capital FM, daily flights to Mombasa will increase by two to stand at twelve daily while flights to Kilimanjaro will increase by the same margin. Flights to Zanzibar will increase by five with the trips available on Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
“The additional frequencies will ensure we serve our customers better, more efficiently and in a timely manner. This will also play an important role in growing our business in addition to supporting the tourism industry,” Kenya Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Ursula Silling is quoted as saying by Capital FM.
Increased demand for flights has similarly affected the Juba and Kigali routes and according to Silling, KQ will consequently increase the carrying capacity of some of its planes that operate on the Juba and Kigali routes as well the Victoria Falls and Cape Town routes, which are popular with tourists, in an effort to cash in on the increased demand.
Silling also added that the move by KQ is in line with the firm’s network expansion strategy aimed at overturning the fortunes of the carrier that has been making losses in recent years. According to the airline’s audited financial results for the year to December 31, 2018, its losses grew to Ksh7.5 billion ($75 million), from Ksh6.4 billion ($64 million) in 2017.
“One of our priority areas is the financial turnaround of the organization with a key focus on, network expansion, customer excellence, and prudential financial management” Silling added according to Capital FM.
Earlier this month KQ got the nod from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to introduce new domestic flight routes in a move that will likely add on to the firm’s financial turnaround strategy by increasing the carrier’s revenue generation streams.
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