Kenya Airways begins non-stop flights between Mombasa and Dubai

Kenya Airways (KQ) will start operating non-stop flights from the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa to Dubai on December 15, 2022.

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KQ will operate a Boeing 737-800, four times a week. 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 Dubai - Mombasa route will give tourists from the Middle East, Russia, Northern Europe and Australia direct access to the wonders of coast region tourism and hospitality industry. The Mombasa- Dubai route is expected to attract travellers to the Middle East for holiday or religious trips. 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. Additionally, the flights offer increased capacity for direct exports of seafood and fresh produce directly to the Middle East.

Kenya Airways chief commercial and customer officer Julius Thairu said: "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."