By Wanja Waweru
Kenya Airways has announced the beginning of nonstop flights between Mombasa and Dubai in December, which will increase tourism along the Coast.
The national carrier announced in a statement that it will start operating flights from Moi International Airport to Dubai during the busy travel season.
Hoteliers applauded the decision and called for an open-skies policy to enable international aircraft to land at the major airport in the Coast region, claiming it will revive the industry that has been suffering from the Covid-19 outbreak.
Kenya Tourism Board director Bobby Kamani, welcomed the announcement, saying it will boost the sector.
“The announcement of KQ’s direct flights from Mombasa to Dubai from 1 December 2022 is a welcome change and brings us a step closer to the open skies policy that all tourism stakeholders are strongly advocating for,” he said.
“We are thankful to Kenya Airways, the Kenya Airports Authority and the Ministry of Tourism.”
He said the national airline has resumed the flights at an opportune time.
“It is well in advance of the festive period. The tourism fraternity looks forward to the resumption of flights to Mombasa by Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and the introduction of FlyDubai, to continue the momentum,” Mr Kamani added.