Kenya Airways has announced the commencement on April 1, 2013 of daily flights between Guangzhou and Nairobi via Bangkok, boosting the connections between Africa and China. The daily flights will be departing from the airline’s hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi at 23:35 Hours local time and arriving at Bangkok at 13:15 Hours local time. The flight will then leave Bangkok at 15:05 Hours for Guangzhou arriving at 19:00 Hours. The return flights will be through Bangkok as well. At present, Kenya Airways flies between Nairobi and Guangzhou via Bangkok four times every week.
Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Dr Titus Naikuni, said “…the daily service from Nairobi to Bangkok and Guangzhou would be convenient for passengers taking connecting flights to our 48 different African destinations”.
“This will contribute immensely towards sustainable development in Africa by linking the continent to the Far East,” Dr Naikuni added.
China, which is a key emerging market globally, has been scouting for economic opportunities in Africa, and the daily flights will facilitate movement of investors, workers, traders and tourists between the two regions. The introduction of the daily flights comes at the time the airline is celebrating 36 years since it made its maiden flight. The airline has also introduced three new direct flights between Hong Kong and Dubai with night time departures. The weekly flights are part of the new Hong Kong summer schedule for 2013 between March 31, 2013 and October 26, 2013 which also includes flights from Dubai to Nairobi. The thrice-a-week flights from Hong Kong to Dubai with extended connection to Middle East destinations will also strengthen the connection between Hong Kong and Africa.