The first direct flight from Dubai to Mombasa landed at the Moi International Airport on Wednesday, marking the launch of a new route that is expected to boost tourism and economy in Kenya’s coastal region.
Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen, who received the inaugural flight, said the new route was monumental for Kenya’s aviation sector and the people of the coast.
“The launch of this route will increase tourist arrivals to Mombasa from across flyDubai networks leading to the growth of the hospitality and tourism sector, creation of jobs directly and indirectly, and the revitalisation of the economies of the city of Mombasa and the region at large,” Murkomen said in a statement.
He added that the government would continue to capitalise on the visa-free policy initiated by President William Ruto to encourage more partnerships with key players in the aviation sector.
flyDubai, a low-cost carrier based in the United Arab Emirates, will have four scheduled weekly flights to Mombasa, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with the first return flight taking off on Thursday.
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua, who also attended the event, said the new route would enhance Kenya’s competitiveness as a tourism destination and attract more visitors from the Middle East and beyond.
He said the government was committed to improving the infrastructure and security in the coast region to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for tourists.
Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nassir, who welcomed the inaugural flight, said the new route would open up new opportunities for trade, investment and cultural exchange between Mombasa and Dubai.
Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city and a major port, is a popular tourist destination that offers a variety of attractions, including historical sites, marine parks, wildlife reserves and golf courses.