by Njoroge Kaburo
NAIROBI, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Kenya Airways said Friday that it would start a direct flight between Nairobi and iconic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on May 18.
A statement from the airline said this would be the national carrier's 52nd destination and its second city in Zimbabwe after Harare where it operates 21 flights weekly.
"This new route highlights our strategy to continue 'Winning in Africa' which is driven by opening up the region and ensuring our value proposition meets the demands for our customers," said Kenya Airways' MD Mbuvi Ngunze.
Ngunze said the new route between Nairobi and Victoria Falls will operate three times a week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
The Victoria Falls operation will be linked to Cape Town, South Africa. This will see the airline increase its operations to Cape Town from the current four, which are served via Livingstone, Zambia, to six.
"We have seen increased demand for Cape Town, and had to increase our frequency in December. The route via Victoria Falls offers our guests two leisure holiday options," Ngunze said.
The national carrier will be the only carrier offering direct services between Victoria Falls and Cape Town.
The route will be operated by Embraer E190 with a configuration of 12 business class seats and 84 economy class seats.