Kenya Airways barred from Lilongwe-Lusaka service

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Kenya Airways has been forced to axe its route between the Malawian and Zambian capitals after its traffic rights were withdrawn by the Malawian government.

The carrier says it ended the Lilongwe-Lusaka service on 28 February after its operating rights were transferred to Malawi Airlines – a joint venture between the Malawian government and Ethiopian Airlines – which has now begun its own service.

Across 2012 and 2013, only 8,000 people used the Kenya Airways service, says the Nairobi-based carrier.

Innovata schedules show Proflight Zambia also operates on the Lilongwe-Lusaka route.

Separately, Kenya Airways will also end its domestic Nairobi-Eldoret service on 1 April and hand over the route to its low-cost arm Jambo Jet.