Kenya Airways will commence operating four direct flights from Mombasa to Dubai, United Arab Emirates beginning December 15, 2022.
The flights on the new route were scheduled to start at the beginning of December but were affected by the just concluded pilot’s strike.
According to KQ, the introduction of the Mombasa-Dubai route has been necessitated by rising ticket demand; the commencement of flights is expected to boost the Kenyan coastal region tourism industry through direct access to and from the Middle East.
“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,” said Julius Thairu, Kenya Airways Chief Commercial and Customer Officer.
Thairu noted that the route will give tourists from the Middle East, Russia, Northern Europe and Australia direct access to the coast region tourism and hospitality industry.
The Mombasa- Dubai route is further expected to attract travelers to the Middle East for holiday and 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.
Mombasa to Dubai flights will depart from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and make a stop in Mombasa’s Moi International Airport to pick up additional passengers.
The four flights will increase KQ frequencies to Dubai to 14 times per week from the current 10.