Increasing demand for travel between East Africa and Asia encouraged Etihad to launch its latest route from Abu Dhabi to Nairobi. Celebrating in Kenya were: John Chirchir, Kenya Tourism Board Regional Marketing Manager Emerging Markets; Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ CCO; and Abdul Razak Mohamed Hadi Al Awadi, UAE Ambassador to Kenya.
- Etihad Airways might have served a total of 72 worldwide destinations, but it was not until 1 April that the airline launched its first non-stop East African route. The Emirati carrier’s hub in Abu Dhabi (AUH) is now connected with daily services to the Kenyan capital Nairobi (NBO). There is no competition on the 3,500-kilometre route, which Etihad operates with 136-seat A320s. “This new route will allow Etihad to tap into large traffic flows between East Africa, North Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent,” commented Etihad’s CEO James Hogan. Nairobi became the second African destination started by the carrier in 2012, following the relaunch of Tripoli services in mid-January. Etihad is set to further expand its African network and flights to Lagos, scheduled to launch in July, are next in the pipeline.