Kenyan Airways has lost $8 million in the recent days since it terminated the China route in fear of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Acting Chief executive Allan Kilavuka revealed that China is a key cargo origin and main feeder to the regional freighters. Suspension of the China flight in late January has been a big blow to the airline’s revenue.
The coronavirus has so far infected more than 75,000 people and more than 2,200 deaths have been reported.
“I am optimistic that the current situation in China will be under control soon and we shall resume our normal routine to China,” Allan noted.
The boss said that KQ switched the craft that operated the China route, to Dubai, and changed the timing of Bangkok flight from a midnight departure to dawn so as to maintain operational efficiency and minimize inconveniences to passengers.
The losses on the Nairobi-Guangzhou route include foregone passenger and cargo revenue. However, the company is working closely with the Health port health teams from the ministry of health as directed by the World Health Organization (WHO) who continue to monitor and advise on the way forward as far as coronavirus is concerned.