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Kenya-EU relations to bring billions as KQ expands to Europe

Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways has announced plans to launch flights from Nairobi to Rome, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland.

The flights which will be serviced by the carrier’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner four times a week, will start in June this year.

According to the Kenya Airways Group MD and CEO Sebastian Mikosz, the addition of flights to Rome and Geneva will be welcomed by both our leisure and business customers.

“Rome with its status of a ‘global city’ is also rich with history and culture making it one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Geneva hosts the highest number of international organizations in the world such as the United Nations (UN), making it a global hub for diplomacy. It is a perfect complement to Nairobi which is also Africa’s hub for UN among other international agencies”, said Mr Mikosz.

Every Wednesday and Sunday (via Rome)

Flt No Origin Destination Departure Arrival
KQ 124 NBO FCO 23:50 06:10
KQ 124 FCO GVA 07:30 09:10
KQ 124 GVA NBO 10:30 19:10

According to a statement from KQ, the carrier previously operated to Rome so this is a resumption of flights plus the addition of Geneva.

“This will bring the destinations Kenya Airways serves in Europe to 5 and 55 worldwide,” Reads a statement from KQ, adding that with this route, Kenya Airways will offer excellent connections from these two cities to its 43 destinations in Africa for business, diplomatic missions, and tourism.

Every Monday and Friday (via Geneva)

Flt No Origin Destination Departure Arrival
KQ 128 NBO GVA 23:50 06:45
KQ 128 GVA FCO 08:05 09:50
KQ 128 FCO NBO 11:05 19:05

“Tickets will be available for sale beginning Tuesday 22nd January 2019 with an introductory price on offer until 15th February of USD 699 from Nairobi. For ticket purchasing, customers can visit the airline’s website www.kenya-airways.com.” KQ told its customers.

Trade between Kenya and EU

Trade between and Kenya and the EU is set to increase following this move by KQ.

According to statistics by European Commiccion (International Cooperation and Development), through solid economic performance, Kenya has become a low-middle income country and plays an important role in the economic development of East Africa. Of course, challenges remain, as an estimated 34-42 per cent of Kenyans are still poor. As Kenya’s most important development partner, EU support focuses on making progress more inclusive and equitable.

The European Union spends about 100 million euros per year on Development Cooperation that directly benefits Kenya, mainly funded from the European Development Fund.

The cycle of 2014-2020 amounts to €435 million. It focuses on the hard backbone of economic development: sustainable infrastructure, transport and energy; it helps the country to gain more food security and become more resilient to climate shocks, especially in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands; and it works on increasing the accountability of public institutions, with the aim of assisting the process of devolving responsibilities to the Counties, in line with the constitution of 2010.

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