Kenya Airways to launch new thrice weekly flights to Zambia
19 March 2013, 16:56
Nairobi - Kenya Airways said on Monday that it will launch new flights to Livingstone, Zambia, it's second to the Southern African nation, and the airline's 60th destination to tap in tourism traffic in the scenic Victoria Falls.
The airline CEO Dr. Titus Naikuni said Kenya Airways will operate three times weekly via Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe.
"As the leading airline in Africa, we are continually working on expanding our footprint in the continent in order to encourage sustainable development. This is the reason that we are continually opening up new routes to unlock this development," Naikuni said.
The new flight begins on June 2 and will operate three times weekly via Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe.
The city of Livingstone joins the airline's network of destinations as it works on growing the routes to over 115 by the year 2021, as underpinned in the airline's 10 year growth strategy.
Kenya Airways already flies to Zambia's capital, Lusaka.
The national carrier has been implementing a 10 year growth plan is said the aircraft has been leased from International Leasing Finance Corporation and will be used to service mid to long range routes on the airline's growing destination network.
Kenya Airways last week raised over 250 million U.S. dollars in Rights issue to increase its fleet and expand the air route network to link Nairobi to all African countries and the rest of the world.
The national carrier raised the money to the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) to fund its expansion plans.
Naikuni added that the new destination is part of the airline's move to boost its footprint in the Southern African region.
The new route mainly targets tourist traffic to the scenic Victoria Falls and targets strengthening Kenya Airways' presence in Africa.
Livingstone City, also known locally as "Maramba", is the current capital of the Southern Province of Zambia, also the tourism center for the Great Victoria Falls. It was the first capital city of Zambia, before it was moved to Lusaka.
Named after British explorer, David Livingstone, the historical colonial city was established in 1904, and has 368 cultural heritage sites including archaeological sites, historical buildings, engineering structures and traditional sites, ten of which are national monuments.
Also known as an adventure capital, Livingstone offers a vast array of sights and experiences showcasing top visitor attractions.
It is the tourism center for Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and the Zambezi River. The town is situated just 10 km from the Zambian side of Victoria Falls.
Kenya Airways will kick off its operations to Livingstone under flight code KQ 780 departing from Nairobi at 00:35 p.m. local time, 3:35 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. respectively.
The flights will be on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.