As from 15th December, Kenya Airways has announced commencement of direct flights to Dubai from Mombasa. Flight on the new route were scheduled to start at the beginning of December but was affected by the pilots strike which ended Wednesday last week.
KQ said the flights from Moi International Airport will begin on December 15, 2022. The airline says it will cost an up to USD 541 for a return trip. Through a statement, KQ said the flight will originate from Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and make a stop in Mombasa to pick up passengers.
Through an update to its flight operation on Thursday, KQ Chief Commercial and Customer Officer Julius Thairu said that the coastal region will start a Boeing 737-800 four times a week. Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
According to Mr Thura, the introduction of this route is in response to demand from the market and is expected to boost the Kenyan coastal region tourism industry through direct access to and from the Middle East. ”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,” Julius stated.
“The Mombasa- Dubai route is expected to attract travelers to the Middle East, Russia, Northern Europe, and Australia by giving them direct access to the wonders of the coastal region’s tourism and hospitality industry. The region’s traders of electronics, clothes and other consumer goods will also benefit from the belly cargo capacity that will be available on the flight,” Julius reported.
The flights will also increase the capacity for direct exports of seafood and fresh produce directly to the Middle East.
KQ currently operates ten weekly flights to Dubai from Nairobi. The four flights will increase KQ frequencies to Dubai to 14 times per week from the current 10.