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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.

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Jambojet Morning Mombasa-Nairobi flight

Regional low-cost carrier, Jambojet, has recently launched a new early morning flight from Mombasa to Nairobi as part of its growing intercity flights in Kenya. The new flight, which is scheduled to depart from Mombasa at 6.35am and land in Nairobi (NBO) at 07:45am, is targeted towards business travelers who have early morning commitments in the Kenyan capital and wish to return to Mombasa for the night.

The previous earliest flight to Mombasa would take off from Mombasa’s Moi International Airport at 8:00 am, and a one-way journey ticket would cost an average of 7200 Ksh. However, Jambojet is now offering an introductory fare of Sh4,900 for a one-way ticket to passengers booking the new morning flight, which is expected to set it apart from its rivals.

The airline will be utilizing its current Kisumu to Mombasa flight as the last flight from Kisumu and would leave Mombasa the following day in the daytime.

Jambojet recently entered into a partnership with the Kenya Tourism Board to promote domestic tourism, which is also a recovery strategy for the company following the ongoing Covid pandemic that hit the tourism industry the hardest. The carrier has scaled its frequencies to nearly five in a day since the resumption of air services following a one-month lockdown that had been imposed by the government in March.

The launch of the new Mombasa-Nairobi flight is a strategic move by Jambojet to cater to the increasing demand for air travel in Kenya, especially among business travelers. The early morning flight allows business travelers to arrive in Nairobi in time for early morning meetings and return to Mombasa in the evening, giving them the opportunity to balance their work and personal life.

Furthermore, Jambojet’s partnership with the Kenya Tourism Board is expected to boost domestic tourism and contribute to the recovery of the tourism industry in Kenya, which has been hard hit by the pandemic.

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