By Bashir Mbuthia
Qatar Airways on Sunday launched the first direct flights from Doha to Mombasa in a move expected to boost the regions’ tourism sector.
According to the Business Daily, Qatar Airways Airbus A320 airliner; which has a carrying capacity of 132 commuters, landed at Moi International Airport at 0800 hours with 100 passengers on board.
The local daily similarly reports that the Kenya Tourism Board through its Chief Executive Betty Radier will explore ways to partner with the Middle East based airline to increase passenger numbers on the route
In a statement made in November, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker expressed his elation following the inking of the deal
“Qatar Airways sees Kenya as an important market for our passengers so we are delighted to offer this new service to another Kenyan destination,” said Al-Baker.
“Our new direct daily service to Mombasa will prove popular with tourists interested in exploring Kenya’s beautiful tropical beaches and coastline, as well as immersing themselves in the city’s fascinating diverse mix of culture,” he added.
The Qatar Airways CEO further reiterated that the route to Kenya via Mombasa will help the airline earn recognition for being the go-to choice airline for travellers wishing to explore the beautiful Kenyan city.
“It also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to expand our reach with ambitious new routes around the globe to offer our unrivalled five-star customer service wherever our customers want to fly,” the CEO added explained.
Mombasa is Kenya’s main coastal tourist destination. The town which borders the Indian Ocean is known for its sandy white beaches, diverse cultural mix and old town charm. Following the inaugural launch, Mombasa is now the second city in Kenya; the other being Nairobi, to feature in the Airlines’ list of direct Kenyan destinations.
Qatar Airways first started flying to Nairobi in November 2005. As part of its continued expansion plans, the award-winning airline plans a host of other exciting new destinations throughout 2018/19, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; Tallinn, Estonia and Valletta, Malta, to name just a few.