Kenya Airways has launched direct flights from Mombasa to Dubai.
Speaking during the launch at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said the flight will help in linking the Kenyan coast to the Middle East.
“This historic flight is a dynamic to sustain millions of jobs from the tourism sector by connecting Kenyan Coast to the Middle East directly. The travel time is effectively reduced, making Kenya the most attractive destination for Middle East tourists,” said DP Gachagua.
The KQ Mombasa to Dubai flight will be operating four times a week; every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
It is expected to boost the Kenyan coastal region tourism industry through direct access to and from the Middle East.
“We are pleased to announce the launch of non-stop flights from the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa to Dubai. KQ will operate a Boeing 737-800, four times a week. Currently from our hub in Nairobi, we are flying to 15 of the top 20 tourists source markets US, UK IN SA and East Africa,” said KQ Chief Customer & Commercial Officer, Julius Thairu.
Also in attendance at the launch were Tourism Cabinet Secretary Peninah Malonza, Roads, Transport and Public Works CS Kipchumba Murkomen, Mombasa Governor Abdullswamad Sheriff Nassir, and other Coast region leaders.
Governor Abdullswamad said the Mombasa – Dubai flight had been something that the county had been pushing for adding that it will be beneficial to the whole of the coast region.
Following the inaugural flight from Mombasa to Dubai on Thursday night, Moi International Airport received the first flight from Dubai to Mombasa on Friday.
The flight was received by Principal Secretary State Department of Tourism John Ololtuaa and his counterpart of Culture & Heritage, Ummy Mohammed Bashir.
Mombasa to Dubai flight to change the Kenyan Coast forever
The just-launched Mombasa to Dubai flight will exponentially change tourism in the Kenyan Coast.
Speaking at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa during the launch of the Kenya Airways Mombasa to Dubai flight, PrideInn Hotels, Resorts and Camps Group Managing Director Hasnain Noorani said the flight will change the Kenyan Coast forever.
“Today marks the beginning of exciting things to happen at the Kenyan Coast not only Mombasa but also Malindi, Watamu, Lamu and Diani,” said Noorani.
The PrideInn Group Managing Director also noted that the MSA-DXB flight will not only be beneficial for leisure tourism but also for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) tourism.
He added that he had been in talks with event organizers who organize large events within Africa and that they were equally excited about the KQ MSA-DXB flight and that they had already started talking about the bidding process.
“I see a lot of optimism and I know that with the sort of response Kenya Airways is going to receive on this MSA-DXB route will open up more thoughts and brainstorming processes in terms of seeing how it is beneficial to go more routes,” said Noorani.
“We are looking forward to Kenya Airways making a decision as soon as they can, to routes like Italy, Mumbai, and London. If you have those sorts of routes then connectivity into the Kenyan Coast Coast is going to change and that itself is really going to grow the leisure tourism and MICE tourism,” added Noorani.