National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) on Monday announced the resumption of its cargo services to India.

The first cargo flight to resume from New Delhi landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Sunday carrying pharmaceuticals, machinery and general merchandise.

According to KQ, the weekly service will also serve to support Kenya’s and intra-African export market and provide a welcome relief to many local businesses relying on overseas markets.

Kenya Airways Cargo Director Dick Murianki said KQ Cargo had rapidly scaled up its cargo services to address the growing need for air frieght across Africa and will be connecting increasing number of international markets to help maintain and replenish essential supplies.

“The resumption of direct weekly cargo flights from Nairobi to New Delhi, is an indication of the integral part KQ plays in providing logistics solutions to our customers based on our robust world class handling infrastructure and strong network footprint in Africa,” said Dick Murianki KQ Cargo Director.

“Key items to be uplifted from India include pharmaceutical and medical products, machinery, sports goods and general cargo,” Murianki said.

KQ has continued to diversify its flight services while responding to the ongoing demand for cargo across the globe in its recovery efforts after global disruptions caused by Covid-19.

“KQ Cargo will continue to offer seamless connections in India to Nairobi, and the rest of Africa, including destinations such as Accra, Ghana; Lagos, Nigeria; and Lilongwe, Malawi,” he added.

As global economies continue to steadily rebound, the troubled national carrier has continued to leverage on the strengths of multiple industries going forward to attract more revenue.