East African Carrier, Kenya Airways is deepening its presence in the West African region with another regional flight to the capital of Senegal, Dakar after securing 5th freedom right from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority to operate flight operations between Accra and Dakar.
The airline had earlier secured 5th freedom rights from Accra to Freetown Sierra Leone some years back. Ghana has been generous with 5th Freedom Rights for both African and Non-African Carriers.
According to Aero Time, the new route will be served by a B737-800 twice a week from Nairobi to Accra to Dakar and return to Nairobi via Accra. The new connection increases KQ’s flight options to Dakar to four times per week and nine times a week to Accra.
Kenya Airways chief commercial and customer officer Julius Thairu said that the connection is part of a “bigger picture” to support connectivity across Africa. “The new connection will offer our guests more travel and connectivity options within West Africa.
Strategically, the bigger picture is to support the Single African Air Transport Market and the African Continental Free Trade Area which are key pillars for Africa’s growth, by growing and deepening our network connections within the continent,” Thairu explained.
According to KQ the new Nairobi-Accra-Dakar-Accra-Nairobi service will offer its passengers more flight options and choices within West Africa and in and out of East Africa, as well as provide seamless connections through Nairobi to the Middle East, India, China, Europe, and the United States.
With this new route Kenya Airways joins a range of African airlines that have opened new routes to West Africa or announced an intent to fly to destinations in the region. Air Tanzania will open new routes to West and Central Africa in 2023. TAAG Angola Airlines commenced three weekly flights to Accra from November 9, 2022.
Ethiopian Airlines commenced three weekly passenger services to Washington DC via Lomé, Togo from June 1, 2022, and Uganda Airlines announced plans to commence its first-ever service to Nigeria before the end of 2022.