Connecting India with Kenya, private airline major IndiGo has commenced from Saturday new daily direct flights between Mumbai and Nairobi.
Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and largest city, is a new addition as the 27th international and 105th overall destination in the 6E network.
IndiaGo said it is a momentous opening for the carrier as this new route marks its maiden foray into the African subcontinent, representing a significant step in the airline's international expansion strategy.
With this direct connectivity, IndiGo aims to cater to the needs of both business and leisure travelers while fostering strategic bilateral ties between the two countries, contributing to economic growth.
"The flights will not only connect to Kenya but even beyond into Africa as Nairobi will open doors further into the African continent for our customers," the airline said in a release from Mumbai.
Pieter Elbers, Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo, said, “The is is the first time for IndiGo touching the African soil and we could not have chosen a better location to do so. Kenya, known for its ethereal wildlife beauty and historical landmarks, is intent on enhancing its economic growth through tourism, cultural exchange, and collaboration in various fields."
"This aligns with our overall vision of providing accessibility and connecting people with places. This new route further enhances connectivity in the region as envisioned in IndiGo’s international growth strategy,” he said.
Kenya's Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen emphasized the government's commitment to improving air travel and infrastructure across Kenya.
He stated, "As part of our aviation development policy, we aim to create a more accessible and efficient air travel network within Kenya and beyond. Indigo Air's direct flights between Mumbai and Nairobi align perfectly with this vision, enabling seamless connectivity and enhancing the overall travel experience for our citizens and visitors alike.”
Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Peninah Malonza who was present during the reception highlighted the positive impact that the direct flight would have on the tourism industry in Kenya. "Tourism plays a vital role in our economy, and with the commencement of Indigo Air's direct flights, we anticipate a surge in tourist arrivals from India. Kenya's diverse wildlife, breath-taking landscapes, and rich cultural heritage will now be more accessible to Indian travellers, offering them unique and unforgettable experiences.”