Balala considers that direct flight to Mombasa could boost tourism

Published on : Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Balala considers that direct flightLately, voice calling has been integrated with the Tourism ministry for more direct flights to Moi International Airport. It’s a part of the efforts of the ministry to reinforce visitor arrival to Kenya.

Mr. Najib Balala, Tourism Cabinet Secretary said that direct international flights to Mombasa has the possibility to encourage more visits in the country.

Charter flights from Europe can no longer help to boost the tourism of Kenya as only a few airlines operate flights to Mombasa, explained by Mr Balala.

On a per week basis, the airport used to receive over 40 charter flights from Europe at the peak seasons of 2011, attracting large numbers of international visitors. In the current context, the airport receives only seven flights per week creating low numbers of overseas tourists.

Speaking during the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers annual conference at Diani Reef Beach Resort in Kwale, Mr Balala expressed that the number of visitors could rise if the government permits more international airlines to start their flight services to Mombasa.

To quote him, ‘to achieve sustainable tourism development at the Coast, the government ought to open up skies in Mombasa so that airlines from across the world can operate flights to Moi airport. South Africa opened its skies and we have not seen its airlines pushed out of business, Morocco also did the same and its airlines are doing well.’ Mr Balala further explained that Tanzania tourism started booming after the country allowed international airlines to start flights to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro.

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