Kenya Airways launches direct flights to Cape Town

2016-04-21 15:14
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Cape Town - In yet another direct Cape Town route announcement, Kenyan Airways is the latest airline to do so, with a thrice weekly flight between Nairobi and Cape Town coming into effect in July 2016.

Last month, the airline announced it would be increasing its flights offering to Johannesburg, taking its current offering of three flights a week to four flights a week. 

The direct Cape Town flight will be linked with the city to Livingstone in Zambia, the gateway to Victoria Falls. Flights will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The Kenya Airways flight will depart Nairobi at 07:20 to arrive in Livingstone at 09:30, departing Livingstone 10:20 to land in Cape Town at 13:25.

The return flight will take off from Cape Town International Airport at 14:15 to arrive in Livingstone at 17:10, departing Livingstone at 18:00 to touchdown in Nairobi 22:00.

Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze said, “We are excited to add a new destination to our network. We continue to connect Africa to the world and the world to Africa. Cape Town via Livingstone will offer our guests two holiday destination on one route.”

The added direct flight route access is undoubtedly convenient for travellers, and also represents economic spin-offs for the city. In February Wesgro, the Investment and Trade Promotion Agency for the Western Cape, officially launched Cape Town Air Access - aimed at international air route development in the province.

A collaboration between the Western Cape Provincial Government, the City of Cape Town, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), Cape Town Tourism, Wesgro and the private sector the body has been working together since 2015 to link Cape Town to major global hubs.

Additional successes to date include:

- Ethiopian Airlines started a six times a week direct return flight from Addis Ababa, plus two additional direct flights by Ethiopian Airlines on a 787-8 from 1 February.

- Turkish Airlines connects Cape Town to Istanbul on a non-stop daily connection since the end of October 2015

- KLM to increase its frequencies to a year-round daily flight from Amsterdam 

- SA Airlink flight to Maun Botswana – 5 flights a week, which starts on 11 March

-  Thomas Cook will operate 3 direct flights from Gatwick to Cape Town with an Airbus 330 in the next summer season.