Wednesday, June 12, 2013

► BOTSWANA: Kenya Airways boosts Gaborone flights; eyes Francistown, Maun next.

Kenya AirwaysBuoyed by the success of its Gaborone flights, Kenya Airways (KQ) is considering introducing flights to Francistown and Maun, the airline's country manager Juliet Zintambila has announced. Both airports have recently seen upgrades allowing them to handle heavier aircraft and greater passenger volumes.
Upgraded Maun Airport
Upgraded Maun Airport (JohnMiller)
During the recent announcement of an added two weekly frequencies to Gaborone from Nairobi, Ms Zintambila said that ever since Kenya Airways had started flying to Botswana, there has been a steady increase in the number of passengers, with the target now set to handle between 3,000 to 5,000 passengers a week. The new E190 jets will be operated on the new routes to Gaborone. With the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKIA) in Gaborone still undergoing expansion, Zintambila said Kenya Airways had wanted to deploy larger aircraft on the route, but this had not proven possible due to limited infrastructure on the ground at SSKIA.

Kenya Airways (KQ): Nairobi - Gaborone
  • KQ710 NBO 0730 - 1035 GBE E90 7
  • KQ710 NBO 0920 - 1235 GBE E90 35
  • KQ716 NBO 2035 - 2350 GBE E90 14
  • KQ717 GBE 0050 - 0600 NBO E90 25
  • KQ711 GBE 1125 - 1630 NBO E90 7
  • KQ711 GBE 1325 - 1835 NBO E90 35
Source [Kenya Airways]

She said the current expansion into Botswana is in line with their core purpose of contributing to sustainable development, not only in Kenya, but also to the rest of the African continent under its Project Mawingu, an ambitious long term strategy which will see the Kenyan national airline servicing all African capitals come 2018.