Effective October 18 Kenya Airways will commence twice weekly flights between Nairobi and Jeddah, the commercial capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The aircraft on the route will be a B737-800 which the airline can now re-deploy after the most recent arrival of yet another Embraer E190.
Saudi Arabia has been in Kenya Airways’ route network before, so this is a return to a known territory for KQ. Saudi Arabia’s importance as Kenya’s trading partner and the source of tourist to the Kenyan coast or the safari parks is growing. It is also an important destination for Kenya Muslims wishing to travel for Umrah or Haj to Mecca.
However, besides point A to point B traffic, Kenya Airways will now offer Saudi business travelers network connections across most of the African continent via Nairobi on a more or less direct route, which will save time and effort, both valuable commodities for the business community where time is money.
Kenya Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines on the African continent and is in a neck on neck race with Ethiopian Airlines for the coveted number one spot for Africa’s best home hub connections.