To perk up tourism, Qatar Airways introduces new flights to Mombasa!

Published on : Tuesday, December 11, 2018

At the Coast, tourism stakeholders are pretty positive that the New Year 2019 will be a good year regarding international visitors after the arrival of inaugural Qatar-Mombasa direct flight.


Qatar, a peninsular Arabian Gulf country, introduced its first-ever direct flight from Doha to Mombasa, Kenya second big city after Nairobi.


The airline, which will be operating as an Airbus A320 aircraft to Mombasa will have 12 Business Class seats and 120 seats in Economy Class and will be making four flights to the region each week.


According to the Kenya Tourism Board, the 150-passenger capacity plane will be coming to Moi International Airport Mombasa on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.


While speaking at the time of the arrival of Qatar Airways direct inaugural flight to Moi International Airport Mombasa, KTB Chief Executive Officer Dr Betty Radier stated that the direct flight was an endorsement of the destination Mombasa.


“This is good news for the sector and together with the private sector, KTB will look into ways of partnering with Qatar Airways as well as other aircrafts to increase passenger numbers into the route,” she said.


As per Radier, with Qatar inaugural flight to Mombasa, the coast of Kenya is set to welcome visitors mainly from her main European tourist source markets such as Italy, Germany, UK, and France.


Also, the US is key to this airline and other markets include Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria.


Mombasa Deputy Governor Dr William Kingi, who was at the same time was present to receive the guests on board the flight said the prospects for Mombasa tourism sector are good. “The new flight heralds a new chapter for the leisure and business sector. It opens new possibilities for the tourism sector and it is a vote of confidence for Mombasa, especially coming on the heels of the resumption of charter flights from Belgium, Netherlands and Poland,” said Kingi.

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