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KQ reschedules int'l flights to enhance connectivity

23 August 2013, 15:46 Njoroge Kaburo

Nairobi - Kenya Airways said Thursday it has rescheduled its international flights for the next nine days in order to enhance its connectivity after an inferno at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

The airline Chief Operating Officer Mbuvi Ngunze said the rescheduled flights, which will affect mostly its Africa destinations, will see time difference varied by between 10 minutes to an hour.

"We are pleased to announce that we have rescheduled our international flights for the period Aug. 22-31 to enhance connectivity. The time difference varies between 10 minutes and 1 hour 10 minutes," Ngunze said in a statement released in Nairobi.

The statement comes as the government announced normal operations resumed last Friday following a massive fire gutted the arrival hall of JKIA, disrupting air travel to and from various destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

The government, through a committee chaired by Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Engineer Michael Kamau, had announced that necessary facilities and personnel have been made available to ensure domestic and international flights resume their normal schedule.

Kenya Airways also announced that its international departure operations will all be consolidated into Unit 2 with effect from Thursday.

"Kenya Airways code-share partners and customer airlines will also process departing passengers from unit 2. Consequently, the other airlines which were operating from Unit 2 will move to Unit 3," Ngunze said. "We wish to apologize in advance to our Premier World, business class and Skyteam Elite card holders on the lack of lounge capacity. We have plans in place to remedy this situation in the near future."

Ngunze said domestic departures and arrivals will continue to be handled at the cargo terminal whereas Kenya Airways' international arrivals, incorporating KLM and partner-customer airlines, continue to be handled at a tented facility at the Presidential Pavilion, adding that transfer processes remain the same.

JKIA is East Africa's largest aviation hub and the fire disrupted air travel across the continent. No serious injuries were reported in the incident, which also coincided with the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the U.S embassy in Nairobi.

- Xinhua



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