04-06-2021 by Leni Frau
There is optimism among airlines and international tourism organisations about the slow but steady recovery of tourism to Kenya.
This is evidenced first and foremost by the great movement of the national airlines of many states, which are preparing to return to routes leading to Nairobi and Mombasa.
The merry-go-round in this sense began last month, with the announcement of the 'hosts' Kenya Airways, which confirmed the intention already expressed at the beginning of the year to resume flying to Italy and vice versa. In the meantime, although until 31 July our country has confirmed Kenya's inclusion in band E of the emergency decree, i.e. among those in which travel for pure tourism is prohibited, Kenya Airways has not only confirmed the destination Rome, but has doubled by adding the flight to Milan, which will replace the one to Geneva that until 2019 shared the route with the Italian capital.
Now, from next July 3rd, as we wrote here (see timetables and other specifications) from Nairobi to Milan will fly direct and for those going to Rome there will be precisely the stopover in the Lombard capital, while the return will leave from Milan and arrive in Nairobi with a stopover in Rome. The Kenyan national airline is already working to include in the routes the direct connection to Malindi, operated by the subsidiary for domestic flights Jambojet. In addition to guaranteeing the wait for the international flight, it will be essential to be able to take luggage (23+23 kg allowed, plus 12 kg for hand luggage) on a much smaller aircraft, but with the departure numbers, which are certainly not expected to be crowded, there will be no problems.
Kenya Airways was followed by the announcement of one of the most important European airline giants, Dutch KLM, which will not only resume flights to Kenya, but from October will add the destination Mombasa for its own tourists and those from the rest of Europe, given that Amsterdam is now an important hub that can be reached in "code sharing" by many other companies and the most important destinations on the continent. In Italy, smaller airports such as Florence, Turin, Venice and Naples also operate with KLM.
After a total stoppage during the pandemic period, Turkish Airways, for years the number one airline on the Europe-Kenya route with stopovers, before being overtaken by Ethiopian, is returning to Mombasa in August. Turkish tickets are already on sale on the website and, in the hope that with the lesser number of passengers at the formerly crowded new Istanbul international airport, the problems of delays in baggage delivery may also be resolved, Turkish Airways will gradually be offering connections to major Italian cities, including Genoa, Pisa, Catania and Bari.replica audemars piguet
Other "major" airlines that are used to flying to Nairobi have already confirmed that they will increase their weekly flights before the end of 2021, including Germany's Lufthansa and Air France. British Airways, on the other hand, is still in the doldrums, waiting for the London government (it could be a matter of days) to lift the veto on its citizens, even those who are vaccinated, from travelling to the African country.
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