Kenya witnessed a momentous occasion today with the arrival of the inaugural IndiGo Air direct flight from Mumbai, India, to Nairobi. The flight, carrying 186 passengers that was welcomed by the Cabinet Secretary (CS), Ms. Peninah Malonza, marks a significant milestone in strengthening the bond between Kenya and India, while also unlocking new horizons for tourism and trade.
“This is more than just a flight; it’s a celebration of the growing ties between our nations. We are delighted to welcome our Indian guests as they explore the wonders of Magical Kenya,” said CS Malonza.
Recent years have seen India emerge as a crucial source market for Kenya’s tourism, with 83,106 Indian visitors arriving in 2022 alone. Indian travelers are drawn to Kenya’s abundant wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and rich cultural experiences. The renowned Maasai Mara and Amboseli National Park offer an up-close encounter with Africa’s majestic wildlife, while the Kenyan coastline provides a paradise for relaxation and rejuvenation.
The maiden IndiGo Air flight’s arrival not only signifies the importance of the Indian market to Kenya’s tourism but also showcases the historical and cultural ties between the two nations. It reflects the government’s commitment to aviation and infrastructure development, further improving connectivity between India and Kenya.
The collaboration between Indigo Air and the Kenyan government has been instrumental in making this flight a reality. The government expresses its heartfelt appreciation to Indigo Air and all stakeholders for their unwavering support.
“We express our heartfelt appreciation to IndiGo Air for their partnership and dedication to promoting travel between India and Kenya. We also extend our thanks to all stakeholders, including government agencies, travel operators, and the people of India for their unwavering support and collaboration,” added Malonza.
With the maiden flight setting the stage for increased tourism and trade, both Kenya and India eagerly await the positive impact this partnership will bring to their people and economies. As more travelers discover the allure of Magical Kenya, the stage is set for a fruitful and prosperous journey ahead.
CS Malonza was joined by the Cabinet Secretary for Roads and Transport, Mr. Kipchumba Murkomen, the Indian High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E Namgya Khampa, Indigo Air CEO, Mr. Pieter Elbers, Kenya Airports Authority Managing Director, Alex Gitari, the Kenya Tourism Board Chairman, Mr. Francis Gachaba & Ag. CEO, Mr. John Chirchir, among other guests.