UAE based airline, Qatar Airways, is in the process of introducing more direct flights from Mombasa to Doha in a move that spells increased competition for the national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) that has been in the red for a while now.
According to the airline, effective December 20, 2019, Qatar Airways will be flying to Mombasa five times per week up from the current four trips. The additional flight, scheduled for Fridays, will run from the aforementioned date to March 27, 2020. The additional Friday flights will leave Doha at 02:30hrs to arrive in Mombasa at 08:40hrs and leave Mombasa at 16:50hrs to arrive in Doha at 23:05hrs.
“The increase in frequency will allow passengers to enjoy the wonders that this coastal city has to offer, and locals will have more opportunities to enjoy Qatar Airways’ extensive global network of more than 160 destinations,” said Qatar Airways’ Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker in a statement yesterday.
Mr. Al Baker similarly insisted that the move would create sturdier relations between the Middle East nation and Kenya.
“This increase allows for further growth, and strengthens the bonds between the State of Qatar and Kenya,” Mr. Al Baker added.
Mr. Al Baker consequently revealed that the airline will use the Airbus A320 for the additional flight on the Mombasa route. The aircraft has 12 and 120 seats in business class and economy class respectively.
Qatar Airways initially introduced direct flights to Mombasa in December 2018 to add onto its three weekly flights to Nairobi which commenced on November 2005. Earlier this week, Qatar Airways, according to a news report by Express Traveller, announced that its luxurious Al Safwa first class lounge at Doha can now be accessed by Platinum members of the airlines’ Privilege Club frequent flyer program, provided they’re travelling in business class with Qatar or a one world member airline. Access to this lavish lounge was initially exclusive to Qatar Airways’ first class passengers.