India’s largest airline, IndiGo, has expanded to Africa with a daily non-stop service between Mumbai and Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. The maiden flight was launched this Saturday.
The service is designed to cater to both business and leisure travellers, not only to Kenya but even further into the continent, opening a new gateway into Africa. According to IndiGo, Nairobi will serve as a launchpad for greater connectivity within the region.
Nairobi becomes IndiGo’s 27th international and 105th overall destination. IndiGo flight 6E-1853 departed Mumbai at 02:10 am and arrived in Nairobi at 05:40 am. The return flight would take off from Nairobi at 06:40 am, landing in Mumbai at 03:25 pm (local time).
Pieter Elbers, Chief Executive Officer of IndiGo, expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “First time for IndiGo touching the African soil, and we could not have chosen a better location to do so. Kenya, with its ethereal wildlife beauty and historical landmarks, is committed to enhancing its economic growth through tourism, cultural exchange, and collaboration. This aligns with our vision of providing accessibility and connecting people with places.”
Kenyan Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen emphasized the government’s determination to enhance air travel and infrastructure throughout Kenya. He stated that the goal is to create a more efficient air travel network within Kenya and beyond, as part of the national aviation development policy.
Tourism, Wildlife, and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Peninah Malonza also expressed optimism about the new route. She said that with the commencement of Indigo Air’s direct flights, they anticipate a surge in tourist arrivals from India. “Kenya’s diverse wildlife, breath-taking landscapes, and rich cultural heritage will now be more accessible to Indian travellers, offering them unique and unforgettable experiences,” she added.
Travellers flying to Nairobi will have the opportunity to explore attractions such as the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre, Nairobi National Park – home to black rhinos, the urban Karura Forest, Ngong Hills, Village Market, and Samburu National Park, among others.