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Air India’s entry to boost tourism between Kenya and India
India’s national airline has relaunched commercial operations with a flight to the Nairobi.
Air India’s flight from Mumbai to Nairobi landed on Wednesday with 100 passengers on board marking the return of the airline to Kenya after 10 years. The return of the airline presents a big opportunity for the two countries which have shared trade and economic ties for many years.
The airline will offer four direct flights a week; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday with plans to offer additional flights in the pipeline.
Air India will be instrumental in increasing uptake from both Tier I and II city markets of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru; and Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and others, utilizing its existing domestic infrastructure network, market knowledge, and presence.
Speaking during the reception, KTB CEO Dr. Betty Radier said that the return of Air India to Kenya would be a big boost to the strong ties the two countries have had. She added that Air India’s arrival will help to promote tourism, trade, improve relationships and create opportunities between the two countries.
“India is one of Kenya’s top tourist source markets. Arrivals from India in the year 2018 grew by 51.9% to reach 125,032. The return of Air India to Kenya adds to the existing connectivity by KQ and other airlines flying into Kenya and thus further enhancing accessibility to Kenya. Kenya is confident of sustained tourist arrivals from India following this arrival”, said Dr. Radier.
Malaysia Airlines grows London team ahead of planned 2020 expansion
Malaysia Airlines has made a number of new appointments in the United Kingdom, preparing the team for growth across the UK and Europe.
With the refreshed Visit Malaysia campaign taking place throughout 2020, the carrier is hoping for an uptick in demand.
The changes will take effect from December, and demonstrate the wider business’ commitment to investing in the UK and European markets.
Each of the new appointments brings with them wide-ranging experience and in-depth business knowledge, strengthening the team significantly and increasing the resources available to Malaysia Airlines in the region.
Richard De Villa, who is currently the marketing manager for the UK & Europe will be promoted to head of marketing, UK & Europe, overseeing the increased investment in trade as well as consumer market activity.