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Kenya Airways Adjusts New York Route Schedule



WHY IT RATES: The national carrier will reduce the number of weekly flights it offers between Nairobi and New York City in 2019.—Patrick Clarke, TravelPulse Senior Writer

National carrier Kenya Airways has today announced that it is adjusting the schedule for its Nairobi-New York route to five flights in a week effective January 15, 2019. Currently, the airline is flying this route daily.

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The frequency adjustment decision was made as part of the airline’s routine operation review based on seasonality as it looks to ensure that travel demands are met.

In a statement, Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz stated that while the decision to adjust frequency is a strategic business decision, the airline remains strongly committed to the New York route and will continue to offer non-stop services to all its guests traveling between the two cities.

“As the only airline that offers a non-stop flight between East Africa and the U.S., this route remains significant to us because of the role it plays in opening more economic and tourism growth opportunities for Kenya and East Africa. The decision to adjust our schedule is to cater for seasonality in line with global practices that allows airlines to reduce or add frequencies based on low or high seasons. We will evaluate the option of reverting back to daily flights for this route next summer as we have been doing for our Paris and Amsterdam flights,” said Mikosz.

The fight departs from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi at 10:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, arriving at John F. Kennedy (JFK) in New York at 6:25 a.m. the following day. From New York, the flight departs at 12:00 p.m., landing at JKIA at 10:30 a.m. the following day.

SOURCE: Kenya Airways press release.

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