Kenya Airways resumes flight service to Liberia

Published on : Tuesday, May 19, 2015

kenya airwaysNational flag carrier Kenya Airways has resumed selling tickets for transit traffic through Nairobi to its entire network, including the Liberian capital, Monrovia, says its Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Mbuvi Ngunze.


The move came after the Kenyan Ministry of Health on Tuesday lifted the suspension on the airline’s operations to Monrovia in August 2014, following the outbreak of the Ebola disease in that West African country.


Kenya Airways started operations between the Ghanaian capital, Accra, and Monrovia on March 29, 2015.


“The airline in consultation with the Ministry of Health has constantly assessed the situation and is pleased with the latest development,” Ngunze said Wednesday


The ban had been in effect for the last nine months. Before the ban, the national carrier flew 44 times a week to 10 West African cities, comprising nearly a third of the airline’s 36 destinations on the continent.


The airline had at least seven flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone per week, comprising at least 16 per cent of its West African flights.


Having resisted cancelling flights even after the exit of other major airlines, including British Airways and Lufthansa, KQ may have been looking at increased bookings as travellers going in and out of the Ebola-struck region saw their options of air travel become limited.


In the financial year ending March 2014, African operations excluding Kenya contributed 54 per cent towards Kenta Airway’s total revenue of Sh106 billion.


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