Chinese carrier launches Guangzhou – Nairobi service
NAIROBI, Kenya - China Southern Airlines, the largest carrier in the People’s Republic of China will on August 5th begin flights between Guangzhou in Southern China and Nairobi, Kenya.
NAIROBI, Kenya – China Southern Airlines, the largest carrier in the People’s Republic of China will on August 5th begin flights between Guangzhou in Southern China and Nairobi, Kenya.
According to Wells Zheng, Senior Vice President Marketing, the airline anticipates sustainable growth with Nairobi being both a commercial and transport hub within East Africa.
He said the airline is focusing on the growing passenger numbers putting into considerations with the rising number of Chinese business travelers to Africa.
“We expect to see continued strong growth in demand for air transportation through Nairobi to the rest of Africa as more Chinese expatriates and businesspeople pitch camp on the continent. We’re also banking on the increasing trade intensity between China and Africa that will build traffic on the route,” Zheng said.
The non-stop flight will be operated thrice a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday using Airbus A330-200 that carries 281 passengers.
Through a codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways, Ugandans and other East Africans intending to travel to China will transfer to Kenya using Kenya Airways flights to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport before enduring an 11 hours Non- Stop journey on China Southern Airlines to Guangzhou.
The Nairobi launch will be the airline’s second route to Africa. Last year, it commenced flights between Shenzhen and Mauritius.
China Southern Airlines is an airline headquartered in Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in the People’s Republic of China.
It is the world’s sixth-largest airline measured by passengers carried and Asia’s largest airline in fleet size and passengers carried. It is the fourth-largest airline in the world in domestic passenger traffic and the sixth-largest in scheduled domestic passenger-kilometers flown.
From its main hubs at Beijing Capital International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, the airline flies to 193 destinations using a fleet of more than 400 aircraft.
China Southern Airlines was established on 1 July 1988 following the restructuring of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Since then, it acquired and merged with a number of domestic airlines, becoming one of China’s “Big Three” airlines (alongside Air China and China Eastern Airlines). It is a member of SkyTeam and is headquartered in Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in the People’s Republic of China.
Rebecca Nampamba, China Southern Airlines Kampala Marketing Officer said Kenya Airways will provide 20 flights per week on Nairobi to Guangzhou. This will make it more convenient for those passengers who want to transfer from Entebbe to China via Nairobi.
“They will only stay in Nairobi for 1hour before boarding the Guangzhou flight operated by China Southern Airlines,” Said Nampamba.
Chinese visitors to Africa have multiplied 10 times from 380,000 in 2009 to over three million in 2014.
China Southern plans to open a new headquarter facility on a 988-acre (400 ha) site on the outskirts of Guangzhou, about 6.4 kilometres from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.