Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced it will launch direct flights from the capital of south Sudan Juba to the capital of Sudan Khartoum.
The airline announced that it will launch this flight that will originate from The Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Nairobi to Khartoum via Juba. the flights are scheduled for every Wednesday and Sundays. Another flight route will be launched to Juba via Khartoum and will be on Fridays.
KQ has been making losses for quite a number of years with government planning to nationalise the national carrier to save it from winding up. With the huge losses the carrier has been making it has been losing its market share to Ethiopia airlines which has gone ahead and take the mantle of pride of Africa that was held by Kenya airways.
The opening of this new routes comes at a time when the airlines is seeking to increase its presence in African destinations and become a major player in the African air market.
Jambo Jet a subsidiary of the national carrier has also ventured into the central African market into the Democratic Republic of Congo in an expansion move.
With the current Civil unrest in Ethiopia it is high time that KQ takes chance of that and expand rapidly while still improving their service delivery among all platforms.
While speaking to the press, Julius Thairu indicated that the introduction of this new routes will help the airlines tap into the market of south Sudan and Sudan.
KQ joins a growing list of Kenyan companies that are seeking to become regional and multinational companies that can dominate the region. some of the companies in this list include the KCB group, Equity, Cooperative Bank, Safaricom, Unga holdings, Nation Media, Diamond Trust Bank among other Kenyan companies.