The Pride of Africa and its partner airlines KLM and Air France are poised to provide yet more space and a better environment to their frequent travelers and business class passengers, as an expansion of the upstairs JV Lounge is presently underway, literally doubling the available seating spaces.
Served on completion by a common reception, travelers then have a choice of using either wing, the present lounge or the new part of it, though the facilities and services will be identical.
Demand for business class travel has considerably revived since the end of the last global financial crisis and more and more travelers have now also signed up to the frequent flyer programme Flying Blue which, depending on the level, i.e. Gold or Platinum, and the miles accrued permits even economy class passengers to use the lounge prior to their flights departure, including inviting one guest. Notably are the same lounges also available to passengers of Precision Air, KQs Tanzanian partner airline as well as for business class travelers using RwandAir to Kigali.
In addition, Kenya Airways also operates a downstairs lounge near the main immigration counters, named Simba Lounge, where business class passengers on the airlines regional and African services can take time out from the otherwise hustle and bustle of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in particular during rush hour which now extends almost around the clock.
It is not only about travelling in style in the front cabin but also, and equally important, about being able to spend time prior to the flight in a quiet environment similar to a members club lounge, where one can work, read the latest papers and magazines, watch news programmes on wide screen TV, enjoy a wide range of snacks and drinks or else meet fellow travelers and exchange views and news.