Africa Tembelea Reporter
Qatar Airways has announced that it will launch direct flights to Kenya’s second city, Mombasa, opening up the country’s beautiful coasts to international holiday-makers. The new four-times weekly service will be Qatar Airways’ second Kenyan destination, in addition to existing flights to Nairobi.
The new four-times weekly flights between Doha and Mombasa (MBA) will be operated with an Airbus A320, with 12 Business Class seats and 120 Economy Class seats, from 11 December 2018, with a flight time of just over six hours.
The State-owned airline joins international carriers such as RwandAir, Ethiopian Airlines and Turkish Airlines, which currently fly directly into the coastal city.
Their operations are seen to pile pressure on Kenya Airways (KQ), which until recently dominated the international transfers between Nairobi and Mombasa.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways sees Kenya as an important market for our passengers, so we are delighted to offer this new service to a second Kenyan destination. We are sure our new direct daily service to Mombasa will prove very popular with tourists interested in exploring Kenya’s beautiful tropical beaches and coastline, as well as immersing themselves in the city’s fascinating diverse cultural mix.
“This second new route to Kenya, in addition to our existing three daily services to the capital Nairobi, will help make Qatar Airways the first choice for travelers wishing to explore this beautiful country. It also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to expand our reach with ambitious new routes around the globe to offer our unrivalled five-star customer service wherever our customers want to fly.”
Bordering the Indian Ocean, tropical Mombasa is Kenya’s main coastal tourist destination and a popular gateway to the country’s amazing white beaches and coral reef diving. The cosmopolitan city has also become a destination in its own right, thanks to its diverse cultural mix and old town charm.
Qatar Airways first started flying to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi in November 2005. As part of its continued expansion plans, Qatar Airways plans a host of other exciting new destinations throughout 2018/19, including Malta; Tallinn; Sweden; Gothenburg, Da Nang, Vietnam; Estonia and Valletta, to name just a few.
The airlines operations are seen to pile pressure on Kenya Airways (KQ), which until recently dominated the international transfers between Nairobi and Mombasa.
Unlike these carriers, KQ has to pass through its Nairobi hub before proceeding to Mombasa, making Qatar’s December entry a competitive threat to its business model.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organization Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’
Doha – Mombasa
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday:
Doha (DOH) to Mombasa (MBA) QR1333 departs 02:30 arrives 08:40
Mombasa (MBA) to Doha (DOH) QR1334 departs 16:50 arrives 23:30
Kenya signed the open sky agreement to improve connectivity across the continent and make it more affordable, which has seen the national carrier face tougher competition on its backbone African routes.