Kenyan Airways is to increase its flights to Lusaka from the current seven to 14 flights per week.
Kenya Airways country manager Rose Kiseli says the increase which is is effective July 3rd, 2008 is in response to a rising demand mainly from traders and business executives who require better connectivity out of Nairob.
Kiseli told journalists at a media breakfast in Lusaka todya that the move is also in line with the airline’s policy of providing convenient air travel across all cities in Africa and connecting its customers to the Middle East, Far East and European Destinations.
She said the 14 flights between Nairobi and Zambia will be serviced by the airline’s Boeing 777, 767, 737 and the Embraer 70.
Ms. Kiseli said the move will further increase air travel capacity for the anticipated influx of tourists to Zambia and the region at large ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the 2011 All Africa Games in Zambia.
The Kenya Airways country manager has since called on Zambians to take advantage of the flexibility and improved connections provided by the airline to enhance their corporate and business agendas.
Meanwhile, Ms. Kiseli revealed that the post-election violence in Kenya at the beginning of this year cost the airline a 30 percent slump in tourist passengers.
Ms Kiseli said the airline was now working with the tourism council in Kenya to remarket Kenya Airways now that peace has been restored in the country.
Established in 1977, Kenya Airways started flying to Lusaka the same year with only two flights weekly.