Kenya Airways and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines have signed a codeshare agreement that will open connectivity to 11 US and four Canadian cities.
Both airlines are SkyTeam alliance members.
Kenya Airways Group managing director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz said the partnership will “open up opportunities for customers to access more destinations in North America through [New York] JFK.”
Mikosz added that New York continues to be a strategic route for Kenya Airways, which launched in October 2018, a first of its kind in the (East African) region.
Beginning in June, Kenya Airways will increase its frequency to JFK from 5X-weekly to daily. “The market has shown us extremely high seasonality. We are now back to daily, then we will return to 5X-weekly services after the high season,” Mikosz told ATW in Nairobi.
He said the JFK route is challenging because it is a long flight—12,500 km (7,500 mi.)—which results in high operational costs. “But we really need to build it up and then divert traffic from the competition.”
Mikosz expects the new route will require more than a year to become profitable, “maybe up to 18 months”…