Kenyan flag carrier Kenya Airways stopped serving New Delhi on November 24, but maintains daily flights to the economic hub of Mumbai.
The abrupt suspension came as a surprise to many in the industry, for the carrier didn’t give any advance notice, but ties in with Delta Air Lines suspending its long-standing service to Mumbai (see here).
As in the case of Delta, the aggressive expansion of the Gulf carriers in India is likely the reason for Kenya Airways’ decision to pull out of the capital.
Most passengers between Africa and India are comparatively price-sensitive, and don’t mind the extra stop in the Middle East if it means a reduction in airfare, playing right into the hands of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.
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Dominic Sebastian Lalk