British Airways expands EA operations
Posted Wednesday, March 19 2014 at 02:00
Move to tap into projected growth in the region.
As East African economies project increased growth in 2014, British Airways is adding more flights and growing capacity in the region.
In Uganda, the company will increase flights between Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and Entebbe from three to four a week starting March 31.
At the same time, it will replace the Boeing 777s on the daily service between London and Nairobi with the larger Boeing 747-400s, adding more than 780 seats a week on the route.
The airline’s newly appointed commercial manager for East and Southern Africa, Mr Edward Frost, said the move is a response to continued strong economic growth in the region.
According to the United Nations’ world economic situation and prospects 2014 report, East African growth was 6 per cent in 2013 and is expected to increase to 6.4 per cent this year.
“We adjust schedules and capacity to reflect demand and this is another example of just that. The new schedule and capacity increases provide customers with more choice and better connections,” said Mr Frost.
The airline is backing the capacity and schedule increases with a series of special offers, with some fares discounted by as much as 42 per cent and a choice of destinations in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America.