National carrier Kenya Airways has suspended operations in eight African countries due to low demand, occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement, KQ said that the drastic decline in revenues has had a debilitating effect on the airline’s ability to continue operations.
“The immediate outlook of the industry is not promising. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) projects that air travel will most likely take 2-3 years to recover to 2019 levels,” said KQ.
“With the suppressed demand for air transport, the airline announced that a large part of its fleet will remain grounded. It hinted that it will also operate a reduced network as it gradually resumes its services, as it anticipates that it will take some time before the industry starts to rebound,” added the statement.
The routes suspended include Nairobi – Bamako, Mali, Nairobi – Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, Nairobi – Mogadishu, Somalia, Nairobi – Khartoum, Sudan, Nairobi – Djibouti, Djibouti, Nairobi – Blantyre, Malawi and Nairobi – Maputo, Mozambique.
“This decision is an extremely difficult one in the current environment. However, this action is necessary as the airline resumes operations gradually as determined by passenger travel demand regionally and globally,” the carrier added.
Kenya Airways will however continue to offer connections to its network via the Nairobi hub through its partners. Further, this action will not affect any special charter flights on request.
Kenya Airways Cargo will also maintain the normal freighter services.