Travelers can now fly non-stop from Minnesota to Nairobi

Shipping & Logistics

Travelers can now fly non-stop from Minnesota to Nairobi


Passengers on international arrivals at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on November 29, 2021. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG

Geraldandae

summary

  • The move is a boost for the airline ahead of the summer season, when many tourists head to Kenya for vacations.
  • Under the terms of the agreement, Kenya Airways passengers in Minnesota will book their flights to Kenya directly and fly out of Minnesota to catch the non-stop JFK-Nairobi flight and collect their luggage from JKIA.

Kenyans living in Minnesota can now fly non-stop to Nairobi after the national carrier signed a code-share agreement with US-based JetBlue airline to connect passengers traveling to JKIA via New York.

Minnesota is one of the US cities with the most Kenyans, and the new agreement will give them a seamless connection to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

The move is a boost for the airline ahead of the summer season, when many tourists head to Kenya for vacations.

KQ #ticker:KQ, which introduced direct flights to New York in 2018, departs JFK at 1:45 p.m. on days when there are flights on the route, reducing Minnesota connections for passengers wanting to connect to Nairobi. makes difficult.

Under the terms of the agreement, Kenya Airways passengers in Minnesota will book their flights to Kenya directly and fly out of Minnesota to catch the non-stop JFK-Nairobi flight and collect their luggage from JKIA.

“This is great for us and I’m excited about our partnership with Jetblue,” said KQ Chairman Michael Joseph Business Daily.

“The partnership will also allow JetBlue passengers to book a through ticket to Nairobi and enjoy seamless connections to KQ’s rest of its destinations,” the airline said.

JetBlue Airways is a US low-cost airline headquartered in Long Island, New York, and based at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

JetBlue is one of the top low-cost carriers worldwide in terms of passenger volume and the sixth-largest domestic airline in the United States, with a 5.3 percent share of the domestic market in 2021.

The US route is one of the top destinations for the national carrier as it plays a vital role in connecting travelers transiting the JKIA.

Kenya Airways reduced flights to New York from five last month to three a week due to low demand after a peak season ended in December last year.

The airline said the number of passengers on the route fell with a reduction in cabin factor, forcing it to cancel two flights to JF Kennedy that were introduced in November last year.

The airline had forecast that its daily non-stop flights to the United States would increase annual revenue by more than 10 percent in 2019 and 2020.

The long-haul aimed to encourage more business and tourist travel, with the US being one of Kenya’s biggest sources of visitors.

The direct flight from New York cut the long-haul journey to 15 hours, which was tapped as part of efforts to revive the airline’s success. The airline had forecast that its daily non-stop flights to the United States would increase annual revenue by more than 10 percent in 2019 and 2020.

[email protected]

About Sonia Martinez

Check Also

The redevelopment of domestic airports is intended to boost tourism

The Herald Tapiwanashe MangwiroSenior Economic ReporterPLAYERS in the tourism industry have welcomed the Airports Company …