|Delegates cut a ribbon to inaugurate the first direct flight of Kenya Airways that connects Africa and Viet Nam on March 31 . — Photo courtesy Le Bros
HA NOI (VNS) — Kenya Airways launched direct flights to Ha Noi from its hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi yesterday, making it the first African airline to connect to Viet Nam.
The carrier will fly the Boeing 787-800 three times per week to the Noi Bai Airport in Ha Noi.
Kenya Airways's CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said the introduction of the flight was in line with the airline's strategy to connect Africa with Asia.
"Viet Nam has shown considerable and stable economic growth in recent years, and there has been increased trade between the East Asian country and African markets. Our direct flight to Ha Noi will offer easy connectivity to business and leisure travellers and will open up trade opportunities between the two fast-growing regions," he said.
He noted that this first direct flight connecting Viet Nam and Africa will leverage the ties between Africa, Viet Nam and the larger Asian market, which are mainly driven by trade-labour relations and tourism. — VNS