In Summary

  • The Condor plane arrived at Moi International Airport, Mombasa, with 243 passengers.

  • The carrier had pulled out of the route in 2014 citing insecurity, which was triggered by terrorist attacks.

  • For the better part of 2015 and this year, the Kenyan coast has been calm after the government addressed security concerns.

  • Condor will operate one flight a week from Munich to Mombasa and then to Zanzibar on Wednesdays.

Kenya’s tourism industry recovery efforts received a major boost with the re-introduction of charter flights from Munich to Mombasa on Wednesday by German holiday airline Condor.

The carrier had pulled out of the route in 2014 citing insecurity, which was triggered by terrorist attacks.

For the better part of 2015 and this year, the Kenyan coast has been calm after the government addressed security concerns raised by the country’s traditional source markets of United Kingdom, United States of America, France, Germany and Italy.

Between last year and early this year, the UK, USA and France lifted travel advisories against Mombasa and other costal towns, bringing hope to efforts by the government and the private sector to revive tourism.

The return of peace saw the airline make a comeback. The Condor plane arrived at Moi International Airport, Mombasa, with 243 passengers.

Ninety of them remained at the coastal city while 150 passengers were on transit to Zanzibar.

According to the airline’s regional manager for ground operations, Hahn Ekkehard, Condor will operate one flight a week from Munich to Mombasa and then to Zanzibar on Wednesdays.

He said Condor introduced the Munich-Mombasa-Zanzibar route to serve tourists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland markets.

“Our airline decided to introduce flights from Munich to Mombasa due to demand from tourists from Germany and from the neighbouring countries,” he said.

Mr Ekkehard said the airline would operate a flight with a capacity of 259 seats. From next week, he said, the leisure airline would increase flights from Frankfurt to Mombasa from one to two a week to cater for more travellers.

Speaking to the Sunday Nation on phone, Mr Ekkehard said German tourists had developed interest in Mombasa due to the calm enjoyed in the region.

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