Kenya Airways suspends flight to eight African cities

Kenya Airways has announced today 7 August, it is temporarily suspending passenger flight services to eight African cities. Kenya’s flag carrier ascribes the reasons to the effects of the pandemic and partly to the restrictions instituted by some countries among other reasons.

The cities affected are Luanda,Bamako,Brazaville, Mogasdishu, Khartoum, Djibouti, Blantyre and Maputo.

''The global economy is today experiencing a deep downturn as a result of the COVID- 19 Pandemic. The travel restrictions placed by various Governments and regions to stem the spread of the Coronavirus have greatly impacted the aviation sector.''

Therefore, following a thorough review, Kenya Airways announces that it will not resume flights on the routes below in the immediate future;

1. Nairobi - Luanda, Angola
2. Nairobi - Bamako, Mali
3. Nairobi - Brazzaville,Republic of Congo
4. Nairobi- Mogadishu,Somalia
5. Nairobi - Khartoum, Sudan
6. Nairobi - Djibouti,Dj ibouti
7. Nairobi- Blantyre,Malawi
8. Nairobi - Maputo,Mozambique

Below is the full statement

POSITION STATEMENT SUSPENSION OF ROUTES
Nairobi,7 August 2020...The global economy is today experiencing a deep downturn as a result of the COVID- 19 Pandemic. The travel restrictions placed by various Governments and regions to stem the spread of the Coronavirus have greatly impacted the aviation sector.

While many airlines have instituted measures to survive, the reality is that the drastic decline in revenues has had a debilitating effect on the airline's ability to continue operations. The immediate outlook of the industry is not promising. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) projects that air travel will most likely take 2- 3 years to recover to 2019 levels.

As with other airlines, Kenya Airways has been severely impacted. Our short and medium-term projections indicate that we must inevitably reduce our operations before we begin to scale up again.With the suppressed demand for air transport, a large part of our fleet will remain grounded. We will also operate a reduced network as we gradually resume our services, as we anticipate that it will take some time before the industry starts to rebound.
Therefore, following a thorough review, Kenya Airways announces that it will not resume flights on the routes below in the immediate future;

1. Nairobi - Luanda, Angola
2. Nairobi - Bamako, Mali
3. Nairobi - Brazzaville,Republic of Congo
4. Nairobi- Mogadishu,Somalia
5. Nairobi - Khartoum, Sudan
6. Nairobi - Djibouti,Dj ibouti
7. Nairobi- Blantyre,Malawi
8. Nairobi - Maputo,Mozambique

This decision is an extremely difficult one in the current environment. However, this action is necessary as we resume operations gradually as determined by passenger travel demand regionally and globally.
We will, however, continue to offer connections to our network via the Nairobi hub through our partners. Further, this action will not affect any special charter flights on request. Kenya Airways Cargo will also maintain normal freighter services. We assure all our partners that we will work closely with all stakeholders to minimize any disruptions.

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