The airline Kenya Airways will restart in two weeks its connection between Nairobi and Paris, suspended at the end of January due to the strengthening of travel restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
From March 17, 2021, the Kenyan national airline will initially offer one flight per week between its base in Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta and Paris-CDG airport, operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner that can accommodate 30 passengers in Business class and 204 in economy. Departures are scheduled for Wednesday at 11:50 p.m. to arrive the next day at 6:30 a.m., return flights leaving France on Thursday at 9:20 p.m. to land the next day at 6:25 a.m. Additional rotations will be put in place if necessary.
Kenya Airways is in “competition” on this axis with Air France (three weekly rotations at the moment in 787-9 or 777-200ER), its partner of the SkyTeam alliance with which it shares its codes on the Nairobi – Paris route via London-Heathrow already offered.
The airline had suspended services to Paris but also Amsterdam at the end of January, explaining its decision by “the new Covid-19 regulations in Europe which led to a drop in demand”. The resumption of direct flights to Paris “is in line with our plans to develop an expanding schedule with the lifting of travel restrictions around the world,” said Julius Thairu, commercial director of Kenya Airways. Flights from Paris “provide our customers with convenient connections to key destinations in Africa such as Kinshasa, Moroni, Entebbe, Johannesburg and Antananarivo. We remain fully committed to providing our customers with an onboard travel experience that has their health and safety in mind, ”he added.
It should be remembered that Kenya Airways announced at the end of December 2020 its departure from the joint venture with Air France-KLM, ending a commercial partnership that had started in 1995; codeshare agreements will be retained, and the Flying Blue loyalty program will continue to be valid on all flights offered in partnership. The Dutch national company is also present at the moment in the capital of Kenya.