Airline CEO Dr. Titus Naikuni said national carrier will fly to New Delhi four times a week using a Boeing 767-300.

CEO Dr. Titus Naikuni said KQ will fly to New Delhi four times a week using a Boeing 767-300

The KQ220 will depart Nairobi every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 13: 50 local time and arrive Delhi 23:30 local time.

Whereas the KQ221 will depart Delhi every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 00:50 local time, arrives Nairobi 05:30 local time.

“New Delhi is the second city after Mumbai that we will be flying to in India. We intend to strengthen our presence in the Indian sub-continent as part of our 10 year expansion strategy,” Naikuni said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

The development comes after the airline announced a right issue offer to kick off on April 2 through which the company hopes to raise 250 million U.S. dollars from its shareholders.

Kenya Airways is one of the dominant airlines in Africa and is responsible for flying a large number of African traders to Chinese market.

Other major airlines include South Africa Airways, Ethiopia Airways and Egypt Air.

Naikuni said the launch of the new route highlights Kenya Airways’ ongoing efforts to grow its presence in the Asian market and in particular India and China.

India is Kenya’s sixth largest trading partner, with a strong business presence in the country. Recently, Kenya-India relations have been buoyed by increased bilateral trade which peaked at 4.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2010/2011.

Naikuni said the national carrier, one of the most successful airlines in Africa, has positioned itself as the airline linking Africa to the rest of the world.

The airline flies to 45 destinations in Africa from its hub in Nairobi.

“The new route highlights Kenya Airways ambitious growth plans to expand its network as part of its 10 year growth strategy,” he said.

Naikuni noted that New Delhi is one of the largest cities in India as well as the most preferred city in terms of information technology, finance, healthcare and government relations.

India’s economic growth has averaged 7 percent annually over the last decade making it one of the world’s largest emerging markets.

According to industry forecast, traffic flows between sub- Saharan Africa and India are expected to grow at a rate of 7.1 percent per annum over the next decade.

The Asian economic powerhouse has been aggressively promoting trade with Africa as it seeks to gain access to the continent’s emerging markets.

The new route to Delhi seeks to expand and promote the bilateral and commercial relations between India and the African region.

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