Kenya Airways has announced plans to start flights to Beirut in the fourth quarter this year in order to capitalize on the 150,000+ strong Lebanese community in Africa:

In addition to Kenya Airways’ goal to serve every city on the African continent by 2014, which is running slightly behind schedule, it is also interested in expanding beyond Africa and plans to commence service to Beirut “very soon”, increase its service to India, resume service to Karachi in Pakistan, and is considering entering the Central Asian market.

This will be airline’s fourth Middle East destination (fifth if you include Egypt as a Middle Eastern country – Kenya Airways do not) after Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE. This will also be the second sub-Saharan airline to service the Lebanese capital (Ethiopian Airlines being the other).

No information on flight frequencies have been made available yet.

5Y-KQU - 04C02F - Kenya Airways - Boeing 777-2U8ER (33681)

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