Thursday, November 29, 2012

► CHAD: Kenya Airways rumoured to have dropped Ndjamena flights citing high taxes, poor loads.

Kenya AirwaysReports out of Chad claim that numerous passengers have been left stranded in the Chadian capital Ndjamena after Kenya Airways (KQ) "suddenly" dropped its Nairobi - Ndjamena route. In corroboration, reservation system Amadeus shows no flights available either now, or in the future, though no official confirmation has yet been heard from the Kenyan national carrier itself.

Aéroport International Hassan Djamous, Ndjamena, Chad
Aéroport International Hassan Djamous, Ndjamena
Launched in June 2011, Ndjamena saw a twice weekly service in tandem to Cotonou, Benin.

According to Ndjamena-based paper Alwihda, KQ has given no explanation to its customers for the cessation of flights though it does add that a senior Kenya Airways official, off the record,  stated that "exorbitant taxes coupled with a lack of passengers" rendered the route economically unviable. 

With Kenya Airways gone, Ndjamena is now served by only Air France (AF), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), its affiliate carrier ASKY Airways (KP) and Camair-Co (QC). National carrier Toumaï Air Tchad (9D) and several other local operators were grounded this year after they failed a government-backed IATA safety audit.