A flight of Kenya Airways lands at Kisumu International Airport in Kisumu, western Kenya, on Aug. 28th, 2015. The economy of Kenya's western region has experienced a dramatic revival following the modernization of Kisumu International Airport by a Chinese company. Located on the edge of Kenya's third largest city, the upgraded Kisumu International Airport is now a busy transport hub connecting the country to the wider eastern African region. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)
A flight of Kenya Airways lands at Kisumu International Airport in Kisumu, western Kenya, on Aug. 28th, 2015. The economy of Kenya's western region has experienced a dramatic revival following the modernization of Kisumu International Airport by a Chinese company. Located on the edge of Kenya's third largest city, the upgraded Kisumu International Airport is now a busy transport hub connecting the country to the wider eastern African region. (Xinhua/Sun Ruibo)

Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways said Thursday that it has reached an agreement to export the country’s cut flowers to Australia.

Patricia Odida, sales manager of the company’s cargo division KQ Cargo, said the new service was informed by a market research that identified Sydney and Melbourne as key markets for Kenyan flowers.

“This is a major game changer for Kenya, in terms of increasing trade exports of flowers to nontraditional markets,” she said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

KQ Cargo is targeting to lift over 30 tonnes of flowers into Australia per month as part of revenue improvement in the ongoing Operation Pride strategy that focuses on cutting costs and improving the operational efficiency of the airline.

Odida said the airline has partnered with Australia’s largest airline and flag bearer Qantas Airways and is also pursuing more opportunities in the fast-growing flower business in Far East countries including China.

“Previously exporters relied on other carriers, but when we got into an interline agreement with Qantas, we have seen the market grow and demand is steadily increasing. We are now working on an additional gateway through Bangkok,” Odida said.

The main cut flowers grown in Kenya are roses, carnations, hypericums, alstromeria, gypsophilla and lilies, among others. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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