Kenya Airways committed to opening up Africa

Kenya Airways has said it was committed to contributing to the enhancement of connectivity among African countries, deepening trade and investment in the continent.

Kenya Airways’ Chief Operating Officer, Mr Mbuvi Ngunze, who met journalists in Accra as part of a two-day working visit said the airline’s opening up the continent was its main purpose and that it was currently increasing capacity on its regional flights.

He said this would not happen overnight but would take some time to materialize and added that the aviation sector was a high investment sector which most African countries could not invest in.

Also there were some legal issues and bilateral agreements, such as the Yamoussoukro Decision, the implementation of which has not been done by all African countries and which limit movement within Africa.

He said others factors that hindered ease of travel within the region were a general lack in adequate airport infrastructure due to its capital intensive nature and the difficulty in flying to countries such as Angola where the airline has only two flights to.

Mr. Ngunze said there had been improvements, although it was a step-by-step process, adding “we are optimistic, we have an ambition and we hope to achieve it”.

Mr. Ngunze stressed the important of the Accra operations to its overall operations describing Accra as a mini hub for Kenya Airways, as it had 20 flights through Accra per week.

“We have most of our crew who we recruited here and who serve on other routes. Accra is an important location for us and we have big plans for this market. We are committed to growing the links between Kenya and Ghana,” he said. GNA

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