(eTN) – The Pride of Africa, Kenya Airways, is set to significantly increase flights between Kenya and South Africa from December onwards, when one of the airline’s recently-acquired Embraer E190 jets will be used on the route to add 4 more flights, increasing capacity from presently 21 to 25 flights a week with 384 seats added on one of Kenya Airways’ busiest destinations on the African continent.
The Embraer will offer both business class – in a 2×1 layout with 12 seats – and economy class in a 2×2 layout with 84 seats – and will operate a mid-day departure at 1210 hours before returning to Nairobi at 2115 hours at night for convenient connections to the late evening regional and intercontinental departures. It could not be immediately ascertained if this will be an addition for the high season only or will eventually be increased further to move to 4 daily flights per day, permitted under the bilateral air services agreement between Kenya and South Africa.
Meanwhile though it was also learned that Kenya Airways had their route rights cancelled between Lilongwe, Malawi, and Lusaka, Zambia, where the daily service allowed them the uplift of passengers and cargo on the route under 5th freedom rights. It is understood that this comes as a result of Air Malawi trying to force Kenya airways into some sort of royalty payments or a fully-fledged commercial agreement, using the Malawi civil aviation authorities to set the process in motion. Both destinations will continue traffic, however, except for the sector Lilongwe, Malawi and Lusaka, Zambia where for the time being the Kenya Airways aficionados will have to us other means to travel between the two destinations as Air Malawi, according to information at hand, only operates 3 times a week between the 2 destinations.