KQ to Launch Flights to Atlanta, Washington DC
Just one week after launching direct flights from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to JF Kennedy International Airport (JFKIA), the first by an airline from East Africa, Kenya Airways (KQ) has revealed its plans to expand its other destinations to the United States.
KQ chairman Michael Joseph revealed that they are targeting cities like Atlanta and Washington and the flights could start as early as next year.
“The future looks bright for us. I’ve been asked many times what’s next. So hopefully next year, once we have finally completed our codeshare agreements with the various American airlines, we’ll open up new routes. Our next plan for the United States is to go to Atlanta and Washington. Those will be the next routes we will go to,” Michael says.
Already the airline struck a codeshare deal in August with Delta Airlines Inc (NYSE: DAL) which has its headquarters in Atlanta. The agreement allows KQ to have Delta’s code on its flights to Nairobi from Amsterdam, London, Accra, and Paris. The Delta Airlines has however not put plans yet to launch flights to Nairobi from Atlanta.
Kenya is looking to expand its trade and tourism links through increased international flights. This has seen it invest heavily on necessary infrastructure including expanding the existing airports. It is also investing heavily to have completely digitized immigration services for those living or entering the country.
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