Kenya Airways Reschedules Direct Flights to New York

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Congolese host Felix Tshisekedi on Thursday oversaw the signing of a partnership agreement between Kenya Airways (KQ) and Congo Airways on Thursday.

Kenya Airways on Saturday cancelled the resumption of flights to New York flights due to increased cancelations. The flights were to resume on October 29.

In a statement, KQ said, “We regret to announce that due to cancellations of flight bookings to New York City, we have pushed back the resumption of our service to this destination to 29th November.”

The airline said it has made alternative arrangements for thor customers who had booked with them.

KQ expanded its codeshare partnership with the US Delta Air Lines expanding its current network in North America offering customers flying into Dallas, Washington DC and San Francisco, a one-stop travel option via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. 

On resumption, the airline plans to operate two weekly flights on Sundays and Wednesdays and gradually increase the frequency to three flights subject to demand.

The direct flights to New York were launched in 2018 and by October 2019 had completed 594 trips to and from New York and flying 105,084 passengers.

In June, Allan Kilavuka, KQ Chief Executive projected year-over-year revenue to fall between $400 million – $500 million (Ksh  40-50 billion) due to fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Kenya Airways suspended most of its operation from 25th March 2020 with exception of cargo and chartered passenger repatriation.