Having just cut the ribbon to officially open Kenya Airways’ new route between Nairobi and Mauritius, Anil Gayan, Minister of Tourism for Mauritius, and Jan De Vegt, COO of Kenya Airways, enjoyed the post-cutting pyrotechnic display over a glass of champagne. The Skyteam member will offer four weekly flights on the 3,096-kilometre route.
- Kenya Airways commenced operations between Nairobi (NBO) and Mauritius (MRU) on 7 June, a 3,096-kilometre sector that the African carrier will operate four times weekly. “The investment and trade opportunities presented by this direct flight will certainly add value to both countries,” commented Jan De Vegt, COO of Kenya Airways, on the service. “The route will also have great impact on our upcoming non-stop flights to New York JFK by reinforcing its attractiveness to the American premium leisure travellers,” he added. The SkyTeam member will connect the two airports using its fleet of E190s, with competition coming in the form of Air Mauritius which offers twice-weekly flights using its fleet of A319s. Kenya Airways grew annual traffic by 71% over the past decade, with it flying 4.46 million passengers during the FY16/17 calendar. As stated by De Vegt, the carrier will soon launch flights to New York JFK, a service which will begin on 19 October. Presently this is the only new route scheduled to be launched by the airline from the Kenyan capital this year.