Kenya Airways has bolstered its flight operations to Mozambique, introducing an additional route to Maputo, thereby expanding its presence to two cities within the southern African nation.

Starting June 14, the carrier will offer three weekly flights to Maputo, providing travelers with convenient options on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Presently, KQ serves Nampula in Northern Mozambique, after dropping and picking passengers in Lilongwe, on its return journey to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), its primary hub.

Julius Thairu, Chief Commercial and Customer Officer at KQ, highlighted the airline’s response to the gradual recovery and rising demand in the air travel sector.

“In response to the steady recovery and demand for air travel, we have expanded our operations with increased frequencies to five destinations within our network expanded our Africa network to Eldoret, Kenya and Maputo, said Julius Thairu, Chief Commercial and Customer Officer at KQ.

Mr Thairu said KQ’s focus for the current financial year will be to continue with strategic and targeted growth to meet growing demand as the airline targets bottom-line revenue growth.

“The network expansion is reflective of our mission of propelling Africa’s growth by connecting its people cultures and markets,” he said.

Kenya’s national carrier has been actively increasing flight frequencies and optimising operational efficiency as part of its concerted efforts to regain profitability after facing several years of financial challenges.

Kenya Airways announced its most substantial half-year loss to date in August, as it grappled with substantial forex losses and an accumulation of debt that have disrupted its efforts to execute a turnaround strategy.

Despite achieving impressive milestones, including a remarkable 56 percent surge in revenues to Sh75 billion, a 43 percent increase in passenger numbers to 2.3 million, and the airline’s first operating profit in six years, mounting expenses pushed the company further into the negative territory.

In the six months leading up to June 2023, Kenya Airways more than doubled its losses, resulting in a loss of Sh21.7 billion.

This loss represented a significant uptick, registering a 120 percent increase from the Sh9.9 billion loss reported during the initial half of 2022. Furthermore, it surpassed the full-year loss of Sh15 billion recorded for the fiscal year 2021.

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