By: Joseph Roberts @MountKenyaTimes
Kenya Airways has extended the resumption of direct flights to New York from Nairobi which was scheduled for Saturday to November 29th.
In a statement on Saturday the national carrier attributed the push back to an acceleration of flight cancellations on the route.
“We regret to announce that due to increased cancellation of flight bookings to New York City, we have pushed back the resumption of the service to this destination to November 29,” the notice said.
Earlier, KQ had announced that it would resume direct flights to New-York from Nairobi on October 29th, after a six-month freeze due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The airline had also announced that it would cut New York flights to one weekly when it resumes operations.
The airline was doing five flights weekly to New York before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world.
COVID-19 pandemic led disruptions have seen the carrier struggle to grow demand on the route having only begun operations in October 2018.
The carrier is yet to break even on the US route in a matter which has seen it eyes new intra-Africa destinations to grow traffic on the New York flights.
The New York Nairobi route was aimed at encouraging more business and tourist travel, with the US being one of Kenya’s biggest source of visitorsa and was expected to boost the airlines annual revenues by more than 10 percent in 2019 and 2020.