Kenya Airways has reportedly reduced the number of flights flying directly on the newly launched Nairobi-New York route due to low demand
The airline's management attributes the low booking of tickets to effects of winter which has just started and hence the decision to cut back the number of flights on the route.
“The winter schedule for all our flights took effect from October 2018 and will run until March 30, 2019. We cancel flights that are not commercially viable, so this is not unique to this route,” says an official as quoted by Business Daily.
The move comes barely two weeks after the national airline launched daily nonstop flights between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and JFK International Airport in New York.
Business Daily reports that KQ has already cancelled 10 scheduled flights in the month of November due to low bookings.
“It is common practice to reduce frequencies, downgrade or even upgrade flights to balance costs and revenue. These 10 flights were identified at three weeks before the inaugural flight and travel agents plus guests were advised as per our flight cancellation procedures,” says the official.
The airline has been recording losses in the past few years and the launch of direct flights to the United States is part of its long-term recovery plan under Chief Executive Sebastian Mikosz. This year, KQ announced a Sh4 billion half-year loss.