Qatar Airways have increased flights between Doha and Nairobi
Travellers keen on booking twin centre holidays to Qatar and Kenya will be pleased to learn that Qatar Airways is now offering 18 weekly flights between Doha and Nairobi. The decision to increase the flights comes as no surprise given Kenya's status as East Africa's regional hub and one of the region's most sought after holiday destinations.
As of September 1st 2013, Qatar Airways, flag carrier of the State of Qatar, has increased the number of flights it operates between Doha International Airport (DOH) and Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) from 14 to 18 flights per week making it easier to plan twin center holidays to Qatar and Kenya for UK tourists.
Kenya's cabinet secretary of east African affairs and tourism, Phyllis Kandie, stated the following of Qatar Airways' decision:
"The additional Qatar Airways flights is very good news for Kenya. From a business perspective, it will give increased passenger capacity which will positively contribute towards the economic growth of our country. For visitors, the increased availability to fly to Nairobi directly from the international hub of Doha enables passengers to reach our country with more ease than ever before. All of this contributes to the economic growth of Kenya and towards the achievement of our Vision 2030 goals".
The announcement has undoubtedly given a morale boost to the East African nation's tourism industry after it was shaken by the well documented fire at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in early August- the peak of the tourism season. At the time of the fire, industry insiders were fearful of the effect the incident would have on Kenya's tourism sector as well as that of the region given the fact that the Nairobi airport acts as a regional hub handling 4 million passengers each year.
However, despite the recent hiccup, tourism officials remain optimistic and Qatar Airways' decision to increase the flights between Qatar and Kenya is a testament to the growing demand for flights to Kenya.
"The current number of tourists into Kenya for the ongoing wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara is impressive as compared to the past years. There is also a lot of hope from upcoming international events that the country will be hosting in the next couple of months will further serve to increase the brand equity of Magical Kenya."
Noted Murithi Ndegwa, the managing Director of the Kenya Tourism Board.
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