Kenya Airways (KQ) has unveiled a new route between Nairobi, Accra and Dakar to offer customers within the Kenya Airways network more flight options and choices within West Africa and in and out of East Africa.

The route will also provide seamless connections through Nairobi to the Middle East, India, China, Europe and USA.

The airline will fly a B737-800 two times a week from Nairobi to Dakar via Accra and return to Nairobi via Accra, effective 11 December.

Further, the route connection will increase Dakar flight options from the current two weekly flights to four times weekly and Accra from daily flights to nine times a week with a night flight out of Nairobi to Accra.

KQ chief commercial and customer officer Julius Thairu said the connection would likely support the Single African Air Transport Market.

And the African Continental Free Trade Area, which are key pillars for Africa's growth.

"The new connection will offer our guests more travel and connectivity options within West Africa," Thairu said.

This makes it the only carrier to offer this connection and is expected to tap into the travel demand from corporate travellers, traders, and leisure travellers between Ghana and Senegal.

Additionally, the national carrier has embarked on ambitious flight rationalisation and cost-cutting measures intended to bring the airline back to profitability by 2024.