In Summary
  • CEO Sebastian Mikosz said that the decision to adjust the route's frequency is purely strategic.
  • KQ says it could revert to daily flights next summer as demand picks, just as it's been doing for the Paris and Amsterdam routes.
  • KQ started flying to New York on October 28.

Kenya Airways #ticker:KQ has reduced the number of flights on the newly launched New York route from the current seven to five a week effective January 15.

The national carrier made the announcement Thursday that flights to the US will now be on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week.

“Kenya Airways has today announced that it is adjusting the schedule for its Nairobi – New York route to 5 flights in a week effective 15th January 2019. Currently, the airline is flying this route daily,” reads the statement from the carrier.

Business decision

In a statement, KQ chief executive Sebastian Mikosz said that while the decision to adjust frequency is a strategic business decision, the airline remains strongly committed to the New York route and will continue to offer non-stop services to all its guests travelling between the two cities.

“As the only airline that offers a non-stop flight between East Africa and the USA, this route remains significant to us because of the role it plays in opening more economic and tourism growth opportunities for Kenya and East Africa,” he said.

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