By Edith Wairimu
Published April 11, 2011
The airline currently flies more than two million passengers to 50 destinations in 39 countries in Africa and beyond every year. The airline, whose motto is �The Pride of Africa�, projects that they will fly more than three million passengers around the world every year. This may not be far-fetched as statistics provided by the International Airlines Transport Association (I.A.T.A) show that the number of passengers rose by 8% globally in 2010. Indeed, Kenya Airways recorded a 35% increase in passenger numbers on their domestic routes in the last quarter of 2010.
It is in line with catering for the increasing demand of passengers that Kenya Airways plans to launch new destinations. For instance, the airline that is popularly known as KQ from its airline code, is expected to introduce flights on the Nairobi-Abuja route in July 2011. This route will ensure that passengers travelling from the Nigerian political capital by Kenya Airways will no longer need to travel to the Lagos commercial capital to board their flights.
Kenya Airways launched three times weekly flights to Rome, its fourth European destination, in 2010. The airline, operating on a code share with Alitalia, Italy�s national carrier, was granted landing rights at the Rome�s Fumicino Airport. Nampula in Mozambique became the airline�s 42nd destination in Africa in 2010.