Kenya Airways (KQ) says its flights may resume on June 8, subject to relaxation of travel restrictions. The airline said this week that it would start with domestic and regional routes before launching one or two international flights. However, the airline’s chief executive Allan Kilavuka maintained that this will depend on the government lifting the travel restrictions meant to control the spread of Covid-19.
Kenya is expected to relax travel restrictions on June 6.
The National airline will also, subject to sufficient demand, operate a specially arranged direct flight from Nairobi to London on June 4. A statement on the US embassy website indicates that the flight will depart from Nairobi at 9:20am for Heathrow, London. But the most pressing issue for the struggling carrier, which has been making losses for the past three years in a row is where to get the money to remain afloat.
Mr Kilavuka estimates that the Covid-19 pandemic will cut its business by 65 per cent in the current financial year. This comes at a time costs drove it deeper into the red, after it re-ed a Sh12.9 billion loss for year e ed December 2019.
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