Expect Vic Falls jackpot with Kenya Airways flight

Kenya Airways’ new flight from Nairobi to Cape Town via Victoria Falls, which launches May 18, will result in influx of creative and cost-effective packages to Victoria Falls.

The route will likely be hit with international travellers wanting to combine Cape Town and Victoria Falls.

“Victoria Falls and Cape Town have opposite high and low seasons so the opportunity to create innovative and cost-effective packages is now ready and waiting,” says Ross Kennedy, Chief Executive Africa Albida Tourism.

 Vicky Steinhardt, Product Manager of Pentravel, says although the destination is already well represented by tour operators in South Africa, the increased service will hopefully further increase the demand and appeal for locals and foreign tourists.

The additional flights are also likely to produce competitive fares, which will, in turn, stimulate the market, says John Ridler, PR and Media Manager of Thompsons Holidays.  “Vic Falls is a popular destination and lower prices will also encourage repeat visits.”

Kenya Airways launched its Nairobi to Cape Town via Livingstone route in July 2016. As is this case with Livingstone, the airline has fifth freedom rights on the new route, meaning passengers can embark and disembark at each stop.

Tour operators say each route will be successful as the two destinations appeal to different demographics. Jacqui Carr, Product Manager of The Holiday Factory, says Livingstone offers the quiet and serenity of the Zambian riverfront, whereas Victoria Falls offers a livelier vibe.

Operated by Embraer E190s with 12 business- class seats and 84 economy-class seats, the new flight will operate three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It will depart Nairobi at 07h20, arriving in Victoria Falls at 09h30, departing at 10h20 to arrive in Cape Town at 13h25. The return flight will take off from Cape Town International Airport at 14h15 to arrive Victoria Falls at 17h10 and depart at 18h00 to arrive in Nairobi at 22h00.

Published: 28 Feb 2017
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