KQ, Kenya’s national airline, has cut its New York flights to one weekly as a surge in COVID-19 cases dents bookings since resuming operations in November.
Allan Kilavuka, KQ chief executive officer said the fragile travel industry has seen a worsening dip in demand due to implementation and reinstatement of travel restrictions in various countries in response to the second wave of Coronavirus.
Consequently, passengers have scaled down their travel plans leading to subdued demand.
“As Kenya Airways, we have responded to this by reducing capacity deployment in some key markets such as the UK and the US. We have reduced our operations to JFK from the planned twice weekly to once weekly, and we continue to monitor the situation,” said Mr Kilavuka.
The carrier resumed the US route in November with two weekly frequencies after Kenya lifted the ban on international flights.
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.
Currently, the carrier suspended its services to France’s Charles de Gaulle Airport and the Netherlands Schipol Airport citing low demand on the route.