National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has rescheduled a number of its flights starting this Sunday following the reopening of a runway at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
All the airline’s arrivals have been moved to Terminal 1A for international arrivals after repairs to the tarmac were completed last week, including KQ flights from Africa, Europe and Asia.
The runway had been undergoing an upgrade by the Kenya Airports Authority for six hours daily from midnight to 6 a.m. for a year.
Construction of the new terminals was expedited following a fire that ravaged the international arrivals hall in August 2013.
The new terminal 1A will be used exclusively by KQ and its partner airlines.
The troubled carrier also says it will now operate for more hours and increase the frequency of some of its routes.
“In the last two years we have improved fleet utilization by 30 per cent by re-looking our schedule and enhancing it to suit our customer needs. Through this, the airline has the same number of seats, but with a much lower cost of the fleet,” said the firm’s chief executive Mbuvi Ngunze.
The airline has introduced an additional flight to South Africa, bringing the daily flights to Johannesburg to four and night flights to Antananarivo in Madagascar increasing frequency to twice a day.
Bangui will also see the number of flights increase to three times per week.
The recently introduced night flights to Kinshasa and Lagos and reopened flights to Freetown and Monrovia continue into the new schedule. Douala operations are back to normal after the runaway reopened in the capital of Cameroon.
KQ will offer additional flights to Addis Ababa, making a total of three flights every day to the Ethiopian capital.
The airline will also introduce six extra weekend flights in its schedule for flights between Amsterdam and Nairobi from August 5 until August 21 this year as part of its summer schedule.
Credit: Business Daily