Kenya Airways suspends flights to France
Kenya Airways announced it has suspended its thrice-weekly flights to France because of a sharp decline in bookings caused by the political crisis
NAIROBI, February 20, 2008 - Kenya Airways announced Tuesday it has
suspended its thrice-weekly flights to France because of a sharp decline in
bookings caused by the political crisis here.
The national airline said the route, opened in October 2006, would resume
only after the French government withdrew its travel advisory against visiting
the east African state.
"We will monitor the situation on a monthly basis and are hopeful that we
will resume Paris flights for the summer high season once the French
government's travel advisory has been removed," Kenya Airways chief Titus
Naikuni said in a statement.
He added that the suspension would take effect on February 26.
In September last year, the company withdrew its twice-weekly flights to
the Turkish city of Istanbul because the route was not profitable.
Kenya Airways, which now flies 36 routes around the world, is 26-percent
owned by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
More than 1,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced
since the December 30 re-election of President Mwai Kibaki touched off
nationwide violence. Opposition chief Raila Odinga claims it was rigged.