February 22, 2024
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Its Jambo Kenya as Flydubai now flies from Dubai to Mombasa

Flights operate four times a week

Dubai-based carrier Flydubai marked a significant milestone on January 17, 2024, with the commencement of its regular passenger flights from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to Mombasa, Kenya.

The launch of the four-times-weekly service from Dubai emirate to Mombasa underscores the airline’s commitment to expanding its presence in Africa, bringing the total number of its destinations on the continent to 12 across 11 countries.

The inaugural Flydubai flight, FZ 1289, originating from Dubai International (DXB), received a warm welcome at Moi International Airport (MBA) in Mombasa, featuring a celebratory water cannon salute.

Notable figures, including Abdullswamad Sherrif Nassir, Governor of Mombasa, Onesimus Murkomen, Kenyan Minister of Roads and Transport, and representatives from Kenya Tourism and Kenya Airports Authority, greeted the passengers on the inaugural Flydubai flight from Dubai to Mombasa.

Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations (UAE, GCC, Subcontinent, and Africa) at Flydubai, was aboard the inaugural flight.

Africa in focus

At a press conference soon after the inaugural flight landed, Sreedharan said: “Flydubai’s inaugural flight to Mombasa reflects our commitment to further strengthening our network in Africa and providing our passengers with more options for convenient travel to one of East Africa’s most attractive destinations.”

The inaugural Flydubai flight from Dubai receives a water cannon salute in Mombasa. Image: Flydubai

He also emphasised the importance of serving the Kenyan community in the UAE, supporting trade ties between the two countries, and providing passengers across the Flydubai network access to Kenya’s tourism offerings.

Henry Ogoye, Acting Managing Director and CEO of Kenya Airports Authority, hailed the arrival of Flydubai as a significant milestone in Kenya’s aviation landscape. Ogoye emphasised the positive impact on air connectivity between Kenya and the UAE and highlighted the growing partnership between the two countries.

Flydubai, with a fleet of 84 Boeing 737 aircraft, has expanded its global network to 123 destinations in 54 countries.

Notable additions include Cairo, Krabi, Milan, Pattaya, and Poznań, with daily services to Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia set to commence on February 10, 2024.

The carrier’s African network now encompasses Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Asmara, Cairo, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Entebbe, Hargeisa, Juba, Mogadishu, Mombasa, and Zanzibar.

Flydubai flight details (Dubai-Mombasa-Dubai sector):

  • Flights to Moi International Airport (MBA) operate four times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays) from Terminal 3, Dubai International (DXB).
  • Emirates codeshares on this route.
  • Return Business Class fares from DXB to MBA start from AED4,200, and Economy Class Lite fares start from AED1,600.
  • Return Business Class fares from MBA to DXB start from AED5,510, and Economy Class Lite fares start from AED1,836.

Featured image: Mombasa is Flydubai’s 12th destination in Africa. Image: Murad Swaleh

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto

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