KLM Royal Dutch Airline Set to Launch Direct Flights to Mombasa.
Written by faithmueni on May 31, 2021
KLM Royal Dutch Airline set to launch direct flights to Mombasa
The two weekly flights will tap into growing tourism market to the coastal city
Nairobi, May 26, 2021…. The Dutch national carrier KLM, part of the Air France-KLM Group, will in October this year commence direct flights to Mombasa as the airline seeks to further strengthen its presence in East Africa.
The carrier will operate two flights a week on Thursday and Sunday flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner between Amsterdam and Mombasa starting October 31, with a loop to Nairobi from Mombasa.
KLM General Manager for East Africa Mr. Arthur Dieffenthaler said the flights to Mombasa will mainly target leisure travelers to the coastal city by offering a direct flying experience.
“The rising number of tourists visiting Mombasa, not just from Europe but also the rest of the world, signifies the growing interest in the unique experiences the coastal city has to offer. KLM comes in to offer a superior and memorable flying experience both for first time and regular flyers to East Africa from our hub in Amsterdam. Because of positive developments regarding the pandemic in various regions, we see an increasing demand for direct flights” said Mr. Dieffenthaler
With fares already available for booking, passengers can start booking tickets as from 26th May, 2021.
The addition of the Amsterdam-Mombasa route will see it expand its presence in the region on the back of increased tourism and trade between East African nations and the European Union. The carrier’s decision to launch flights to Mombasa also signals growing confidence in East Africa’s tourism market, one of the most competitive globally as the world is starting to slowly recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Economic data shows the number of international tourists arriving in Kenya through its two major airports in Nairobi and Mombasa has been rising as countries gradually ease Covid-19 restrictions.
KLM has been flying to East Africa since 1969 and on May 19th, celebrated 52 years of operating to Kenya. KLM Commercial Director for East Africa Mr. Steven van Wijk said “In the fifty two years we have flown to Kenya, our primary role as an airline has been to provide the all-important air connectivity between the region and the rest of the world backed by a strong global network thus promoting sustainable tourism and development. We thank Kenyans for their warm welcome and the hospitality ever since we started our operations and the strong ties we have created as we navigate the new normal together. We now look forward to experience the richness of Mombasa’’
Flying safely and hygienically with KLM
This year, KLM has set the highest possible standard to ensure optimal health and hygiene for passengers, before, during and after their journey. For those efforts, KLM recently received the Diamond APEX certification, which means that KLM is one of the leading airlines in the field of hygiene and health safety. Moreover, KLM offers maximum flexibility when booking, changing or cancelling your trip. KLM will of course follow all travel restrictions set by the governments.
KLM Flight schedule to Mombasa operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
KL0563: leaves Amsterdam at 10:10, arrives in Mombasa at 20:50
KL0563: leaves Mombasa at 21:40, arrives in Nairobi at 22:50
KL0563: leaves Nairobi at 23:59, arrives in Amsterdam at 06:25
Days of operation: Thursday and Sunday
*In view of the constantly changing rules and travel restrictions, the above schedule can be adjusted accordingly. For the latest schedule check updates.klm.com
About KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
For over a century, KLM has been a pioneer in the airline industry. KLM is the oldest airline still operating under its original name and aims to be the leading European network carrier in customer centricity, efficiency and sustainability. The KLM network connects the Netherlands with all of the world’s key economic regions and is a powerful engine driving the Dutch economy.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is part of the Air France–KLM Group. KLM is also a member of the global SkyTeam Alliance, which has 19 member airlines.
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