As we enter 2024, the aviation industry in East Africa is undergoing significant changes. Nairobi and Mombasa, two important gateways to the stunning landscapes and thriving economies of East Africa, will soon have new air routes, providing greater connectivity, convenience, and exciting travel opportunities. They also demonstrate the confidence of major international airlines in the region’s economic and tourism potential.

Let’s explore the latest developments reshaping the skies above Nairobi and the beautiful coastal city of Mombasa, ushering in a new era of air travel for both business and leisure travellers.

Kenya Airways Resumes Direct Flights to Mogadishu:

Kenya Airways, the national carrier, has announced that it will resume direct flights from Nairobi to Mogadishu on February 14th, 2024. The phased flight resumption will resume with 3 weekly flights. This decision reflects the airline’s commitment to expanding its network and strengthening ties with neighbouring countries.

The reinstatement of this route will make it easier for business and diplomatic travellers to travel between the two cities and will also encourage people-to-people connections, contributing to regional cooperation and integration.

Etihad Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Nairobi:

Etihad Airways will resume daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Nairobi from May 1st, 2024, re-establishing its presence in East Africa. This move shows the airline’s commitment to global connectivity and recognizes Nairobi’s importance in international trade and tourism. Passengers can expect world-class services and seamless connectivity between the Middle East and East Africa.

Brussels Airlines Direct Flights from Brussels to Nairobi:

Brussels Airlines has announced that it will be launching direct flights between Brussels and Nairobi from June 3rd, 2024, in a significant development. This new route will not only strengthen the ties between Belgium and Kenya but also create new opportunities for trade and tourism between Europe and East Africa. Both business and leisure travellers will benefit from this efficient and direct link between the two continents.

Discover Airlines Increase Flights to Mombasa:

Discover Airlines, which is under the Lufthansa Group, is planning to increase the number of flights to Mombasa. Starting in the Summer of 2024, the airline aims to operate 6 weekly flights instead of 5, offering more options for people who wish to visit the beautiful coastal city.

This expansion is a response to the growing demand for Mombasa as a tourist destination and reflects Discover Airlines’ dedication to meeting the changing needs of its passengers.

Jambojet to Introduce Mombasa-Zanzibar Flights:

Jambojet, the leading low-cost airline in Kenya, recently announced the launch of new flights connecting Mombasa and Zanzibar on July 1st, 2024. The airline plans to operate these flights four times a week, providing affordable and convenient travel options for tourists who wish to explore the vibrant coastal destinations.

This strategic move not only enhances Jambojet’s regional network but also creates exciting opportunities for tourists who wish to experience the unique blend of culture, history, and natural beauty that both Mombasa and Zanzibar offer.

This is a significant step for Jambojet as it will be the airline’s second destination outside Kenya, after Goma, DR Congo, highlighting the company’s commitment to making air travel more accessible and affordable for everyone.

Flydubai to Commence Direct Dubai-Mombasa Flights

Starting from January 17th, Flydubai will be offering four weekly flights connecting Dubai International Airport to Moi International Airport in Mombasa. This new direct route is designed to provide passengers with a seamless and time-efficient travel experience.

With no need for layovers in Nairobi, travellers will be able to enjoy a swift journey between these two dynamic destinations.

The Impact:

The opening of new air routes to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and Mombasa’s Moi International Airport is a testament to the country’s economic potential and strategic significance.

These additional routes not only benefit international travellers but also boost economic growth, trade, and tourism in the region. As Kenya aims to establish itself as a vital player in the global aviation network, these developments will enhance the city’s status as a gateway to East Africa.

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