September 17, 2008

Kenya Airways to Fly Direct to Antananarivo From November

Kenya Airways to fly direct to Antananarivo from November

NAIROBI, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), said Tuesday it will start direct flights to the Madagascan capital, Antananarivo, from November this year.

The airline's communication manager, Victoria Kaigai, said the flights will reduce travel time by more than 50 percent, if connection time is factored.

Currently, flights from Nairobi to Antananarivo pass via Johannesburg, South Africa, with travelers taking, on average, seven- hours to arrive in Antananarivo.

"We will provide a direct connection to travellers from Africa and beyond to Madagascar. We expect the flight to be popular because of the less flying hours involved," said Kaigai in a statement.

Kaigai said the new destination is in line with the KQ strategy to connect Africa through the hub and spook concept.

The Madagascar route is viewed by Kenya Airways as especially useful for the French tourism connection. KQ flies three times a week to the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France.

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