Amid a shake-up of its Asian network, Nairobi-based Kenya Airways will end flights to Hanoi and Hong Kong from October 29th, consolidating its current 10-weekly flights to Asia to a daily schedule.

The airline announced the cancellation in September, under a new plan in which the airline is looking to become more efficient around its network. The aircraft currently flying to Hong Kong and Hanoi will be re-routed to African routes.

While Hong Kong and Hanoi will lose service, Kenya Airways’ single route to East Asia will be the Nairobi-Bangkok-Guangzhou route, which is now operated daily. Previously, the airline used to operate a daily flight to Bangkok (4x weekly continuing to Guangzhou, 3x weekly continuing to Hong Kong), and three weekly flights to Hanoi (continuing to Guangzhou).

“This network change will also allow KQ to allocate more seats across its African network where the demand outlook remains strong and capacity insufficient on certain routes,” the airline said. The airline recently signed a codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines, and Kenya Airways passengers can connect to Hong Kong via Bangkok. Passengers can also connect in Guangzhou to Skyteam partner China Southern’s network; Guangzhou is China Southern’s main hub.

Kenya Airways has indicated that the Boeing 787 Dreamliners pulled from its Asian network could be used to fly to the United States once Kenya Airways commences direct flights next year, however, the airline has not released any confirmed plans yet.

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