When all is set for the Routes Africa 2012 Forum in Seychelles, East Africa's leading airline, Kenya Airways is looking to extend its wings to cover more destinations in Africa and outside the continent.
Reports from Kenya Airways headquarters in Kenyan capital Nairobi say the airline is expecting to launch operations in eight other destinations this year after it acquires new aircraft to facilitate its expansion plans.
The airline is looking to increase its presence in Kenya and Africa by moving into Lamu in Kenya's Indian Ocean beaches, Eldoret in Kenyan agricultural and tourist site and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania's northern tourist circuit, Malakal in South Sudan, Mauritius and Cape Town.
Other routes are Beirut in Lebanon besides the recently opened direct flights to New Delhi in India. Â âšâšThe airline eyes on capitalizing on strong trade routes including destinations in India and China.
âWe are looking at a selected number of other destinations in India. We want to do it soon, with new equipment we can venture into more destinations, move long-haul,â said Mohan Chandra, the airline's commercial manager. âš
The airline's chairman, Evanson Mwaniki, said one of the destinations the airline was eyeing in India was Ahmedabad, the largest city in the state of Gujarat, India.
Kenya Airways had this month increased its frequencies in Mumbai from seven to 10 to cater for the demand between India and Africa. The airline is looking to be in 91 destinations in five years and 115 in 10 years.Â
To enable the expansion, the airline is relying on the delivery of new aircraft with a new Boeing 767 expected to enter into service in the next couple of weeks, reports from Nairobi claim.
ROUTES AFRICA 2012 Forum will be taking place in Seychelles capital of Victoria in July with expectations to draw airline and aviation professionals across the world.
It is the first time that ROUTES AFRICA comes to East Africa and the Indian Ocean region, according to Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St. Ange.
Seychelles has been canvassing support for the event which is set to provide a platform for Africa to discuss the way forward in aviation on the continent where the potential to have the biggest growth in tourism movements exists.
He said that Routes Africa 2012 will be the event to rally Africa together to look at the continent's tourism industry and for world airlines who are serious about flying to Africa to meet with African ministers to work out together the way forward.
It will also be the forum for airport authorities from across the world to see networking possibilities as new partner airports, Minister St. Ange said.
âWe are happy with the response and we can now safely say that ROUTES AFRICA 2012 will be a success,â Minister St. Ange said at INDABA 2012 in Durban, South Africa recently.