Qatar Airways announced its decision to increase frequencies between Doha and Nairobi. The airline will add four additional weekly flights. This positive decision was welcomed by Kenya’s East African affairs, commerce and tourism cabinet secretary, Phyllis Kandie.
Effective 1 September 2013, the airline will increase its A320 aircraft flights to 18 flights per week, up from the current 14 flights.
“The additional Qatar Airways flights is very good news for Kenya,” said Kandie. “From a business perspective, it will give increased passenger capacity which will positively contribute towards the economic growth of our country. All of this contributes to the economic growth of Kenya and towards the achievement of our Vision 2030 goals.”
Demand for transport to and from Nairobi has increased dramatically as a business and leisure hub for East and Central Africa, especially as a result of Kenya’s economic growth, up 4.8% since 2012.
As Kenya focuses on growing its arrivals to three million tourists per year by 2017, Qatar Airways increased passenger capacity will help to accelerate achievement of this goal. Visitors from Europe, the Middle East, Far East and Asia Pacific will now have increased options and better connections than ever before.