Qatar Airways is planning direct flight from the capital Doha to Kenyan port city of Mombasa beginning on 9th December, minister for transport and communication, Jassim Bin Saif Al Sulati has hinted.
The direct flights between Doha and Mombasa will be a huge boost to Government efforts to reposition the coastal city as a key global tourist destination.
Qatar Airways is also working on scheduled direct flights between Italy and Malindi as it seeks to grow its footprints in Kenya.
“We are excited to inform Your Excellency that Qatar Airways will start direct flights from Doha to Mombasa on 9th December this year,” said Minister Al Sulati during a visit of Qatar government delegation to Kenya where they held talks with president Uhuru Kenyatta.
We look forward to the maiden flight by Qatar Airways to Mombasa. For us the flight is a confirmation of the continued and growing cooperation between our two countries,” President Kenyatta said.
While acknowledging Qatar for their role in the export of Kenyan products especially flowers and fruits, the President challenged the Gulf state to consider import of meat products from Kenya.
President Kenyatta pledged government’s readiness to support Qatari investors interested in Kenya saying that the country was open and ready for investment.
“As you shop around for investment opportunities, be assured that the Government is ready and committed to supporting investors from your country to set up in Kenya,” President Kenyatta assured.