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Kenya Airways extends resumption of direct flights to New York

Initially, the airline was slated to commence the New York direct flights on 31st October 2020 but has since extended the resumption date due to increased cancellation of flight booking to the city.

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Kenya Airways planes are seen parked during a pilot strike organised by Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport near Kenya’s capital Nairobi, April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya – S1AETBAEMSAB

(The African Stand) — Kenya Airways has extended the resumption of direct flights to New York from Nairobi to November 29th.

In a statement, the carrier attributed the decision to increased cancellation of flight bookings on the route.

“We regret to announce that due to increased cancellation of flights booking to New York City, we have pushed back the resumption of our service to this destination to 29th November,” reads KQ’s statement.

Earlier, KQ had announced that it would resume direct flights to New-York from Nairobi on October 29th, after a six-month freeze due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The airline had also announced that it would cut New York flights to one weekly when it resumes operations.

KQ was doing five flights weekly to New York before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world.

Kenya Airways had started direct flights to the US in October 2018, with a target of boosting its annual revenues by more than 10 percent in 2019 and 2020.

The New York Nairobi route was aimed at encouraging more business and tourist travel, with the US being one of Kenya’s biggest source of visitors.

Johnny Mapesa

Written by Johnny Mapesa

Johnny Mapesa is an award-winning Kenyan journalist who is driven with passion and has worked for several media brands both locally and internationally and currently working with African Stand.

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