Asky Airlines has expanded its flight routes and will now operate flights from Nairobi, Kenya, to Lomé, Togo. The first scheduled flight from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport occurred on October 1, 2023. The airline plans to operate three weekly flights using a 154-seater 737-800 MAX aircraft to directly connect West and East Africa.
Before Asky connected West to East, Kenya Airways dominated the West African airspace with 44 weekly flights to ten West African cities, accounting for almost one-third of its total 36 destinations. However, Asky’s entry into this market has only added to KQ’s troubles, as the national carrier already had to deal with the arrival of its archrival, Ethiopian. In 2010, Ethiopian launched its West Africa campaign with flights from Mombasa to Monrovia, covering Conakry in Guinea as well.
Asky Airlines will operate flights from Nairobi on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and from Lome on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. This initiative serves West and Central African corporate, trade, and leisure travellers. The Togolese airline currently serves 26 cities across 24 African countries. A few days before this announcement, Togo acquired a 14% stake in the pan-African airline.
Asky will have a competitive edge over larger airlines by providing convenience in terms of time. With a 09:05 am departure time from Nairobi, travellers will prefer them over KQ’s 4:00 am time. Passengers can also bring up to three pieces of luggage, with a maximum weight of 23 kgs in economy class and 32 kgs in business class. This luggage advantage has a limited-time offer, though.
With the recent introduction of KRA import duties, only time will tell whether this luggage-size advantage will appeal to travellers. Either way, we take pride in informing you that SafariQuest Flights now offers you the convenience of purchasing Asky tickets.