Turkish Airlines is expected to resume daily flights between Istanbul and Mombasa from next month.
The airline’s marketing manager, Carol Mukinya, said the carrier would increase flights from the current five per week to daily flights in July.
She attributed the flights increase to the peak season which begins next month, adding that passenger numbers were on the rise owing to the summer season.
“Between May and this month, we have been operating five flights a week due to the low season which is coming to an end on June 30,” she said.
Ms Mukinya noted that the Turkish national carrier is expected to operate daily flights from July to March next year when the high season comes to an end.
“Through our daily flights from the Istanbul hub, in July, we expect to fly more tourists to Mombasa for them to come and enjoy holiday,” she said.
The flights increase, she added, would boost tourism at the Coast, adding that Turkish Airlines would connect Mombasa with other 300 destinations the carrier operates across the world.
Ms Mukinya said Mombasa is among the popular routes in which the airline operates since it is Kenya’s tourism hub.
“Tourists prefer to come to Mombasa for holiday during summer time due to its alluring beaches and its rich historical culture,” she explained.
Turkish Airlines is the only airline from Europe operating scheduled flights to Mombasa.
Apart from the Turkish carrier, regional airlines such as Ethiopian Airlines and RwandAir also operate scheduled flights to Mombasa.
On the other hand, some chartered airlines from Europe are also expected to resume flights to Mombasa next month.
During the low season, majority of the European chartered airlines stop flying to Mombasa owing to low passenger numbers.
On Sunday, a German airline, Lufthansa, announced that it would increase flights between Frankfurt and Nairobi to six per week from June 21.
Lufthansa plans to increase operations in the Frankfurt-Nairobi route from five flights a week to six.
On the other hand, Swiss International Air Lines is expected to increase flights between Zurich and Nairobi from five per week to six beginning July 6.