Kenya Airways (KQ) has said it is going to start direct flights from Mombasa to Dubai from December 15.
The move is to start before the December festivities’ peak, when the flight company will be operating a Boeing 737-800 four times a week.
The Dubai – Mombasa corridor will give tourists from the Middle East, Russia, Northern Europe, and Australia direct access to the wonders of the coastal region’s tourism and hospitality industry.
“The introduction of this route is key and strategic as it will open up the Kenya coastal region, boost the tourism and hospitality industry as well as stimulate trade to the coastal city”
“This launch is part of Kenya Airways network expansion strategy and commitment towards supporting the recovery of the tourism and hospitality industry in Kenya,” KQ Chief Commercial and Customer Officer Julius Thairu said.
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The flights will hopefully impact the trade sector, with an increase in direct exports of seafood and fresh produce directly to the Middle East, and electronics, clothes and other consumer goods will also benefit from the belly cargo capacity that will be available on the flight.
KQ currently operates ten weekly flights to Dubai from Nairobi using a mix of B737-800 and the Dreamliner B787-800.