NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya Airways on Wednesday said it plans to
introduce new routes in Europe, the Middle East and Asia in 2019
in order to boost revenues.
chief executive officer of Kenya Airways, told an investor
briefing in Nairobi they will begin selling tickets to the new
destinations in the next two months in preparation for the
launching of the flights.
“The introduction of
new routes is part of the strategy to diversify revenues and
return the airline back to profitability,” Mikosz said when
Kenya Airways released financial results for the six months
ending June 30.
Mikosz said the
airline is also focusing on the expansion of its network to
cater for the growing needs of passengers and to strengthen its
footprint in Africa.
In the past three
months, the Kenya’s national flag carrier has launched flights
to Mauritius and non-stop flights to Cape Town, South Africa,
while final preparations are almost complete for its maiden
non-stop daily flights to New York on Oct. 28.
airline is flying to 52 destinations worldwide with 43 in
Mikosz added that in
order to fully benefit from its direct flights to the United
States, the airline is a targeting to sign a code sharing
agreement with a U.S.-based airline so that its receives more
business from North America.
The CEO said the
airline also plans to increase its fleeting size from the
current 32 to meet growing demand.
results for the six months ending June 30 indicated that Kenya
Airways posted a loss after tax of 40 million U.S. dollars
compared to 56.6 million dollars reported in a similar period
Michael Joseph, the
chairman of Kenya Airways, said that the improved performance
has been attributed to increased passenger traffic and cargo
Joseph noted that
biggest challenge facing the airline is fuel costs which account
for about 40 percent of costs of running the airline.