Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Tourism boost as Air India relaunches Nairobi flights

The tourism sector is set for a major boost following the return of Air India to Nairobi.

Air lndia’s flight from Mumbai to Nairobi landed yesterday with 100 passengers on board marking the return of the airline to Kenya after 10 years.
The return of the airline presents a big opportunity for the two countries which have shared trade and economic ties for many years.

The airline will offer four direct flights a  week; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with plans to offer additional flights in the pipeline.

Air India will be instrumental in increasing uptake from both Tier I and II city markets of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru; and Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and others, utilizing its existing domestic infrastructure network, market knowledge and presence

Speaking during the reception, KTB CEO Betty Radier said that the return of Air India to Kenya would be a big boost to the strong ties the two countries have had, adding that the airline will help to promote tourism, trade, improve relationships and create opportunities between the two countries.

India is the fifth top markets source for Kenya’s international tourists, official data shows with 93,804 tourist arrivals between January and September.
27/11/19 Martin Mwita/The Star
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