Kenya Airways (KQ) on Tuesday announced the reinstating of direct flights to Italy’s capital Rome and Switzerland’s Geneva after a seven year absence.
According to a report by the Business Daily, KQ CEO Sebastian Mikosz attributed the move to the firm’s goal of increasing its earnings.
“We have now linked the new route (Rome) to Geneva and this will aid in the performance of KQ given the traffic to Africa from the two cities,” Mr. Mikosz is quoted as saying by the Business Daily.
The local daily similarly reports that the airline will use its 787 Dreamliner to traverse across the new routes whose schedule entails two weekly direct flights-without a stopover- from Geneva to Nairobi and two weekly direct flights from Rome to Nairobi.
Tickets for the new route, from Nairobi, became available from yesterday 22 January 2019 until February 15, 2019, at a starting offer of $699 (Ksh. 70,990).
The announcement comes just a few days after Kenya Airways announced it would increase additional direct flights to Seychelles in February this year in a move that would open up the airline to the archipelago.
In October 2018 and December 2018 respectively, the airline introduced direct flights to New York’s JFK international airport and direct flights to Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport. The moves cemented the country’s position as a one of Africa’s biggest economic movers.