Embattled former leading African Airline, Kenya Airways is set to introduce a new route that will have a direct flight from Nairobi to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe starting from May 18, 2017.
In a statement released, the airline said the new route will be linked to Cape Town, South Africa which will be the 52nd destination for Kenya airways. It will also be the second in Zimbabwe after the Nairobi – Harare route which operates 21 flights weekly.
KQ managing director Mbuvi Ngunze said;
”This new route highlights our strategy to continue winning in Africa which is driven by opening up the region and ensuring our value proposition meets the demands for our customers.”
“We have seen increased demand for Cape Town and had to increase our frequency in December. The route via Victoria Falls offers our guests two leisure holiday options.”
The Victoria Falls operation will be linked to Cape Town, South Africa. Linking of the routes will increase the airlines’ current operations to Cape Town from its current four flight schedule to six which is served through Livingstone, Zambia.
The route will be serviced by an Embraer E190 with a configuration of 12 business class seats and 84 economy class seats and will operate three times a week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
Kenya Airways will now be the only carrier offering direct services from Victoria Falls to Cape Town.
The flight will depart from Nairobi at 7.20am, arriving in Victoria Falls at 9.30am. It will then depart Victoria Falls at 10.20am to arrive in Cape Town at 1.25pm.
The return flight will take off from Cape Town International Airport at 2.15pm, arrive Victoria Falls at 5.10pm and depart Victoria Falls at 6.00pm and land in Nairobi at 10.00pm.
The coming of Kenya airways to Victoria Falls follows the completion and commissioning of the Victoria Falls International Airport by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
The airport expansion project which cost about $150million started since February 2013 with the view of increasing the holding capacity (passenger handling capacity and aircraft handling capacity) of the airport and also improve tourism in Victoria Falls.
The completion and commissioning of Victory Falls International Airport is a milestone for Zimbabwe as they will look ahead to attract more tourists, foreign Investors and also improve the country’s economic growth.