Korean Air to fly to Nairobi

29 Feb 2012

Korean Air has announced it will launch thrice-weekly flights between Seoul and Nairobi from June 21 onwards.

The service, operated by an Airbus A330-200, will depart Seoul on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2215, arriving in Nairobi at 0530 the following day. The return leg will depart Nairobi every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, at 1030, arriving back in Seoul at 0450 the next morning.

Nairobi is the second destination in Africa served by Korean Air, after Cairo, although it is the carrier's first direct flight into Africa. The flight to Nairobi will not only facilitate growing trade links between Korea and Africa, but also provide a boost in tourism for the “Safari Capital of the World.” According to the African Development Bank, trade between South Korea and Africa has risen from US$6.4 billion in 2000 to almost US$13.9 billion in 2009, while Korean exports to Africa comprise 3.3 percent of the country’s total exports.

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Alisha Haridasani

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