Kenya’s national airline, Kenya Airways (KQ), cargo division of KQ Cargo, has resumed cargo traffic to New Delhi, India. According to Monday’s press release, the first cargo flight from New Delhi landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on February 21, 2021, carrying pharmaceuticals, machinery and general goods from New Delhi.
A Kenya Airways plane ready to board at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. / Courtesy photo of Kenya Airways
The service operates once a week on Kenya Airways’ recently repurposed B787F.
The weekly service is also intended to support the Kenyan and intra-African export market and provide a welcome lifeline for many local companies that rely on overseas markets.
According to Dick Murianki, Cargo Director of Kenya Airways, KQ Cargo has rapidly expanded its cargo services to meet the growing demand for air cargo across the continent and will connect the ever-growing number of international markets to support the maintenance and replenishment of basic supplies .
“The resumption of direct weekly cargo flights from Nairobi to New Delhi is an indication of the critical role KQ is playing in delivering logistics solutions to our customers, based on our robust world-class handling infrastructure and strong network base in Africa,” said Murianki.
The most important goods to be transported from India include pharmaceutical and medical products, machines, sporting goods and general cargo. KQ Cargo will continue to provide seamless connections in India to Nairobi and the rest of Africa, including destinations such as Accra, Ghana; Lagos, Nigeria; and Lilongwe, Malawi.