New KQ Boeing Set For Direct Nairobi-China Flights

recipe geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Speaking at the launch on Monday, order the President said the national airline’s acquisition of a new fleet of aircrafts will boost its efficiency and deepen trade connections with the world. He said the move will also attract investment and create jobs, which are key priorities of his Government.

He said the introduction of direct flights to China is part of the Government’s strategy to consistently strengthen ties with the Far East.

“During my State visit to the People’s Republic of China, not too long ago, I was seized with the subject of deeper relations, and especially people-to-people contact, which is at the heart of stronger partnerships,” the President said.

He said the Government intends to attract at least 0.1 per cent of China’s vast population of 1.3 billion people to Kenya as tourists.

President Kenyatta said his administration will continue facilitating the national airline to achieve its expansion targets. He said the Government has embarked on upgrading the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to be the air hub for East and Central Africa.


“We endeavor to use every opportunity to move the agenda of national transformation steps ahead, and we will embrace the opportunity to lift the quality and traveler experience at this airport,” he said.

Saying infrastructure development is critical to economic growth, President Kenyatta expressed satisfaction that operations at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport were running efficiently despite the fire incident that affected the airport three months ago.

He applauded the progress in the building of a new temporary terminal that will handle 2.5 million passengers a year, which is equivalent to the current capacity of the airport.

The President said with adequate infrastructure in place, the goal of a peaceful, highly developed, borderless region is quickly taking shape, adding that the Government’s commitment to improve infrastructure will ease movement of people, goods and services.

“In Kenya and in the region, we are working to unlock great potential of our economies to transform our peoples’ lives. We do so with discipline and commitment,” the President said.

Speaking during the function Deputy President William Ruto congratulated the management of Kenya Airways for its excellent work, adding the national carrier can count on the Government as a dependable partner in business.

He said business, trade and tourism are major contributors to economic growth and the Government will not waver in the creation of a conducive environment for both local and foreign investors.

Other speakers included Transport Cabinet Secretary Eng. Michael Kamau, Chairman of the Kenya Airways Board of Directors, Mr. Evanson Mwaniki and Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Titus Naikuni.

Immediately after the launch of the new KQ aircraft, President Kenyatta left the country for Pretoria, South Africa for a two day official visit.

While in Pretoria, the President will attend the Joint Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Summit of Heads of State and Government.

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