Moi International Airport Mombasa today morning received the first ever Lufthansa Group Carrier commercial flight operated by Euro Wings Discover, the newest leisure airline within the Lufthansa Group.
It will be operating two weekly flights on Sundays and Thursdays.
The flight, an Airbus A330 aircraft touched down at the airport to full welcome reception that included the traditional water cannon salute by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Fire Brigade and traditional welcome songs by Bombolulu cultural dance troupe.
Euro Wings Discover operates out of Frankfurt, Germany and takes travelers to some of the world’s most beautiful short and long haul destinations.
Principal Secretary for Tourism, Safina Kwekwe led a government delegation in welcoming the aircraft that was enroute to the spicy Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar.
A total of 150 passengers disembarked from the aircraft leaving 140 to proceed with the journey to Zanzibar.
”We are delighted to receive the Euro Wings Discover flight today. As a country, we are working towards ensuring a conducive environment that allows a vibrant air travel system and in the process support tourism activities,” Kwekwe said.
She added that the new service gives hope to Kenya’s full tourism recovery after about two years of low business levels occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Allan Njoroge, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) Company Secretary who represented Managing Director, Dr Betty Radier said that the coming to Mombasa of Euro Wings Discover signaled the growing confidence in the destination by tourists in regards to preparedness against Covid-19 which has enhanced traveler confidence.
”Commencement of this direct flight to Mombasa by Euro Wings Discover would offer a different opportunity to travelers who wanted to visit for both leisure and business,” Dr Radier said.
Germany Ambassador to Kenya, Ms Annet Gunter said that the arrival of the new airline was a historical event that served as testimony to excellent bilateral relations that exists between Kenya and Germany.
Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Acting Managing Director, Mr Alex Gitari said they were excited at the prospects of having to handle many more international airlines after the completion of a recent airport upgrade at the facility which is Kenya’s second largest international Airport after the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
Chief Commercial Officer Euro Wings Discover Mr Helmut Woelfel said the newest leisure airline will support and help the recovery of the Kenya tourism sector which has been on slumpdown due to Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the airline is the only one serving Kenya’s Mombasa Moi International Airport with direct flights from European market and said it will also help international tourists in discovering Kenya as a tourist destination of choice.
Helmut said the airline will be flying to Kenya twice a week and increase to four times a week in 2022.