Kenya Airways (KQ) has launched a new route to Livingstone, Zambia, its third to the Southern African nation and the airline’s 60th destination.
Kenya Airways already flies to Zambia’s capital, Lusaka and the city of Ndola.
The city of Livingstone joins the airline’s network of destinations as it works on growing the routes to over 115 by the year 2021, as underpinned in the airline’s 10 year growth strategy.
During last week, they held a cocktail party to celebrate their new flights to Livingstone. The party was on the lawns at the Zambezi Sun and was scheduled to start at 6pm.
|Fast facts about Kenya Airways:|
|Founded||22nd January 1977|
|Subsidiaries||African Cargo Handling Limited (100%)
Kenya Airfreight Handling Limited (51%)
|Revenue||Ksh 107 897 million (2011)|
Kenya Airways is starting an ambitious plan to become a hub for flights to and within Africa. It is in stiff competition with Ethiopia Airlines. Of course, for us in Zambia our most common access is through Johannesburg.
Zambia does not have a national airline, it went bust in 1995. Zambia could become a hub of trade, but running an airline is no easy matter. Although we only have one private airline in Zambia; Proflight, we face stiff competition and, of course, Zambia is an expensive place to run any business, so it is unlikely that a new national carrier should be on the cards.
In the meantime we can hope that good prices for flights will be on offer by Kenya Airways. It will certainly make a change from having to get to Europe through South Africa.
Livingstone, which takes its name from the explorer, was established in 1904 when the Old Drift settlement on the banks of the Zambezi was closed down and has 368 cultural heritage sites including archaeological sites, historical buildings, engineering structures and traditional sites, ten of which are national monuments.
Date: 10 June 2013