Kenya Airways recently launched its direct flight connecting New York JFK and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya. While it has only been less than two months since the national carrier of Kenya inaugurated its daily transatlantic service connecting the two cities, the carrier has announced that it will be cutting the number of weekly flights it offers between Nairobi and New York City with effect from January 15, 2019.
Instead of the daily service Kenya Airways currently operates, the carrier will be adjusting the schedule for its New York-Nairobi route to five flights weekly. The decision to reduce frequency on the New York-Nairobi route came after executives at Kenya Airways reviewed the carrier's operation to ensure that travel demands are met.
Such changes to an airline's operation often stem from strategic business decisions. Airlines are always working to optimize their fleet and balance the sweet spot between travel demand and supply.
While some travelers may be disappointed with Kenya Airways' latest move, Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz wants to reassure travelers that the airline is strongly committed to the New York-Nairobi route and will continue to offer direct services to all its customers shuttling between the two cities.
Kenya Airways recognizes the significance and importance of the route given that it is the only carrier offering a direct flight between East Africa and the United States. Mr. Mikosz revealed the carrier will evaluate the Nairobi-New York route again in the near future for the possibility of reverting it back to daily service for summer 2019.
Prior to the launch of the direct service between Nairobi and New York, it was arduous for travelers to travel to and from the two cities as it often involves a layover in Europe or the Middle East. Kenya Airways' nonstop New York JFK-Nairobi route offers travelers a convenient way to get to and from the two cities. The carrier operates the flight using the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.