The twice daily direct flights, in the mornings and evenings, to each of the two East African cities are in addition to the existing round flight from Nairobi, passing through Kigali and Bujumbura and back every day.
In the mornings, the new direct flight to Kigali will depart Nairobi at 0745 hours Kenyan time every day; while at 0905 hours Rwandan time, it will set off for the return flight. In the evenings, it will leave Nairobi at 1700 hours Kenyan time for Kigali, departing Kigali at 1820 hours Rwandan time.
The direct flights to Bujumbura will leave Nairobi at 0810 hours Kenyan time every morning; while the return flight will depart at 0940 hours Burundian time. The evening flight will leave Nairobi at 1730 hours Kenyan time, returning from Bujumbura at 1900 hours.
Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Titus Naikuni, said that the new service aims at enhancing convenient travel and trade amongst East African countries following the implementation of the common market protocol that paved way for free movement of people, goods and services within the region.
“These twice a day direct flights from Nairobi to Kigali and Bujumbura tie in with our plans to fly to every African capital by 2016as we seek to contribute to the sustainable development of Africa,” Dr Naikuni added.
The new direct flights to Kigali and Bujumbura add to Kenya Airways’ current combined night flight that serves the two cities. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, the flight departs from Nairobi at 2350 hours (Kenyan time) for Kigali, leaves Kigali for Bujumbura at 0105 (Rwandan time) and arrives back in Nairobi at 0520 hours (Kenyan time). On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the flight leaves Nairobi for Bujumbura at 2350 hours (Kenyan time), leaves Bujumbura for Kigali at 0125 hours (Burundian time) and arrives back in Nairobi at 0525 hours (Kenyan time) from Kigali.
Within East Africa, apart from Kigali and Bujumbura, Kenya Airways also flies to Dar-Es-Salaam, Entebbe and Kilimanjaro.