German Carrier Resumes Flights To Mombasa

German carrier, Condor Airlines, will re-introduce weekly flights from Munich to Mombasa in a move expected to increase tourist visits from Germany to Kenya.

A Condor airline charter plane at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya. PHOTO | FILE

Andreas Peschke, the outgoing Germany Ambassador to Kenya said the Airline will introduce weekly flights from Munich to Mombasa.

Condor, a Thomas Cook Airlines Group affiliate, stopped flying the Nairobi route in 2014, citing security concerns. It was offering weekly or twice weekly year-round flights linking Frankfurt and Nairobi between November 2011 and October 2014.

Condor becomes the second German airline in two weeks to announce its plans to resume flights to Kenya after Lufthansa, Germany’s biggest carrier said it will fly Airbus A 340-300 to Nairobi four times a week from October 27th, and five times a week from December 11.

“Lufthansa expects great interest and high demand especially among leisure travellers. On the African continent, Lufthansa passengers will be able to experience an extremely lively metropolis. The Kenyan capital has numerous attractions,” a statement from Lufthansa Group read.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said resumption of the German airlines will contribute greatly to the revival of the sector that was dealt a blow following a series of terrorist attacks the last three years.

He pointed out that the root cause of terror is indoctrination that “is luring our young people into dangerous ideology.”

“There is need for governments to co-operate to see how they can tackle the challenge of youth radicalisation,” President Kenyatta said.

“Kenya welcomes German investors. Please encourage more German ventures into Kenya. By investing in this nation, they will access opportunities in east and central Africa,” the President said.

Terror attacks in the east African country have seen the region fall in the radar of tourists’ preferred destinations but the resumption of flights and a recent travel advisory lift on travel by Britain may spell a turnaround for the region.

Two weeks ago, Britain announced it had lifted a travel advisory barring its citizens from non-essential travel to Mombasa, Kilifi and Watamu, which are leading tourist attraction areas, sending a sigh of relief to hoteliers who have suffered low bed occupancy as tourists kept away.

“The amendment of the FCO Advisory comes as a most welcome relief for Coastal tourism and is viewed as a direct reflection of the gains made to improve the safety and security in that region,” said Muriithi Ndegwa, Kenya Tourist Board managing Director.

The advisory lift, however, said British nationals are restricted from travelling to Garissa, Eastleigh, Lamu and Tana River due to security concerns.

The number of visitors from Britain, Kenya’s biggest market, fell by 35 per cent to 36,022 in the first five months of 2015. Total number of tourists was 284,313 down from 381,278 in 2014, according to Kenya Tourism Board figures.

– Daily Nation