The Dutch national carrier KLM will begin operating scheduled service to Mombasa International Airport in October this year a move that will strengthen its presence in East Africa. The carrier will operate two flights a week on Thursday and Sunday flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner between Amsterdam and Mombasa
The carrier will operate two flights a week on Thursday and Sunday flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner between Amsterdam and Mombasa starting October 31, with a loop to Nairobi from Mombasa.
KLM General Manager for East Africa Mr. Arthur Dieffenthaler said the flights to Mombasa will mainly target leisure travelers to the coastal city by offering a direct flying experience.
“The rising number of tourists visiting Mombasa, not just from Europe but also the rest of the world, signifies the growing interest in the unique experiences the coastal city has to offer. KLM comes in to offer a superior and memorable flying experience both for first time and regular flyers to East Africa from our hub in Amsterdam. Because of positive developments regarding the pandemic in various regions, we see an increasing demand for direct flights” said Mr. Dieffenthaler
With fares already available for booking, passengers can start booking tickets from 26th May 2021.
The Amsterdam-Mombasa route will also see it expand its presence in the region on the back of increased tourism and trade between East African nations and the European Union. The carrier’s decision to launch flights to Mombasa also signals growing confidence in East Africa’s tourism market, one of the most competitive globally as the world is starting to slowly recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Economic data shows the number of international tourists arriving in Kenya through its two major airports in Nairobi and Mombasa has been rising as countries gradually ease Covid-19 restrictions.
The regional aviation scene continues to witness a flood of new entrants, especially from European carriers as they contest for a piece of the lucrative sector. Last week, Germany’s Lufthansa confirmed it would commence tourist flights to Mombasa on its new leisure carrier Eurowings Discover from July.