NAIROBI-- Kenya Airways has announced that it will start services to Mauritius fron June 2018 with four flights a week as part of its broad strategy to expand its footprint across Africa.

The route will complement the existing operations by Air Mauritius and allow both airlines to offer passengers a unique daily service between Nairobi and Mauritius.

The Nairobi-Mauritius service will have a great impact on Kenya Airways' upcoming direct non-stop flights to New York by reinforcing its attractiveness to the American Premium Leisure travellers.

Commenting on the launch, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Mikosz said: We are very excited by this new opening that will allow daily connections between two of the most attractive countries in the region.

"Furthermore, this new flight will have a great impact on our New York flight as it will improve our attractiveness on the Premium Leisure segment.

The existing code-share agreement with Air Mauritius' three weekly flights will also be applicable on Kenya Airways' flights. The national carrier will operate between Nairobi and Mauritius on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.