Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Turkish Airlines plans Mombasa daily flights

PHOTO | FILE A jet belonging to Turkish Airlines.

PHOTO | FILE A jet belonging to Turkish Airlines.  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By NATION CORRESPONDENT
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An international airline that has been operating in Mombasa for the past year now plans to introduce daily flights to the Coastal town to keep up with increasing travel demand.

Turkish Airlines said despite the harsh economic times in Europe where it operates to and from, the company has witnessed a rising demand as the number of tourists and business people eager to visit Mombasa and other towns in the region increases.

Mr Tuncay Merdiven, the airline’s general manager in Mombasa, told Daily Nation that the additional flights will provide a vital connection between Mombasa and the European countries, a move that is expected to boost trade, tourism and friendly ties.

Currently, the airline flies five times from Turkey’s capital city Istanbul with a one hour stopover in Kilimanjaro before landing in Mombasa. The carrier flies to five other East Arica countries and eight cities in the region.

The introduction of two additional flights, Mr Merdiven said, is in line with the company’s plans to grow its presence in the country.

Since inception of the Mombasa route, the carrier has flown an estimated 20,000 passengers mostly from German and Italy.

“We want and are determined to remain dynamic and responsive to customers’ needs by constantly seeking new and innovative solutions to cater for their demands and that is why we have launched two more flights,” he said.

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