Kenya Airways expands network with new daily flights to Eldoret

Kenya Airways has announced an expansion of its regional network with the introduction of new daily flights to Eldoret in October.

The airline is set to operate 10 flights to Eldoret, Kenya’s fastest growing town, with the first one landing on 17 October 2012.

“The addition of Eldoret, a city of great significance economically, academically as well as in the country’s sporting circles, to our network, in line with our core purpose of contributing to sustainable development, not only in Kenya, but also the rest of the African continent,” Kenya Airways chief executive, Titus Naikuni said.

Under its regional expansion plan, Kenya Airways aims at strengthening its regional presence in the country as Kenya moves towards a devolved government structure that will open up new opportunities.

Mr Naikuni added that the new route is one of those that will be served by the new E190 jets that Kenya Airways is in the process of acquiring and will fully own. Already, three out of the nine jets has been delivered and the rest are expected by November 2013.

This introduction of daily flights to Eldoret comes as the airline prepares to launch a low cost airline in coming months.

Eldoret, taken from the Masai word “eldore” meaning “stony river” due to its proximity to the Sosiani River, is currently the 5th largest town in Kenya.  The popular town houses Moi University, one of Kenya’s seven public universities, as well as its own International Airport.  The Trans-African Highway forms a 10,269km east-west crossing of the African continent; with this frequented transit road network also passing through Eldoret.    

Flights to the Eldoret International Airport from Nairobi will operate according to the following schedule:

 

Flight No

Frequency

From

To

Depart

Arrive

KQ  660

Daily, except for Mon & Sunday

NBO

EDL

08:30

09:20

KQ  661

Daily, except for Mon & Sunday

EDL

NBO

10:00

10:50

KQ  664

Daily, except for Monday & Tuesday

NBO

EDL

17:15

18:05

KQ  665

Daily, except for Monday & Tuesday

EDL

NBO

18:45

19:35

 

Eldoret sits in the middle of a rich agricultural region that is not only considered Kenya’s bread basket, but also a crucial source of cash crops such as wheat and pyrethrum. It is also well known for its contribution to Kenya’s legendary prowess on the athletics tracks. Its high altitude makes it conducive for sports training.

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About Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways, a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to over 58 destinations worldwide, 46 of which are in Africa and carries over three million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 36 aircraft fleet being one of the most modern in Africa. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Most recently it has scooped top awards at the Africa Investor (Ai) Tourism Investor Awards and was declared the Business Airline of the Year in Africa. Kenya Airways takes pride for being in the fore front of connecting Africa to the world and the World to Africa through its hub Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.  

For more information, please visit www.kenya-airways.com