Qatar Airways launch direct flight to Mombasa

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Qatar Airways have announced plans to launch direct flights to Kenya's port city of Mombasa, starting December 2018, a move that will see four flights between Doha, Qatar, and Mombasa, per week.

This will be Qatar Airways’ second Kenyan destination after Nairobi. The move, key players in the hospitality industry say will aid further in the recovery of tourism at the Kenyan Coast.

According to the Kenya National Bureau of Standards (KNBS), hotel occupancy in the region registered a growth of 19.2 percent in 2017 to 2.9 million from 2.5  million in 2016, in comparison to Nairobi’s increment of 10.0 percent  to 1.7 million from 1.5 million in the same period.

Currently, countries like India, China and the Middle East region, which consists of countries like Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia, among others, are the leading sources of Asian visitors to Kenya.

According to KNBS, In 2017, the number of visitors from Asia to the Kenyan Coast saw an increase of 10.8 percent to 60,600 in 2017 from 54,700 in 2016, in comparison to a 38 percent increase in Nairobi to 184,500 in 2017, from 133,300 in 2016.

Other international airlines that operate flights to Mombasa include Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines and RwandAir; while local jet airlines include Fly Sax, Fly540, and Fast Jet.

The new addition underlines the return of consumer confidence from a place of security concerns following the incidences of insecurity in between 2012 and 2015, which saw several countries, including the US and France, impose travel advisories on the Kenyan Coast.

The recovery has been as a result of the government’s aggressive marketing of Kenya’s tourism industry in international markets, enhanced security, infrastructural improvements in the Coastal Region such as the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway, the Port Reitz Road, Moi International Airport Access Road, and the Dongo Kundu Bypass, among others.
-0- PANA DJ/VAO 17Sept2018

17 september 2018 13:39:45

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