Kenya Airways is negotiating with Safarilink to provide seamless travels for tourists from around the world, the company Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Mikosz has said.
Safarilink offers flights to leading tourist destinations in the country include Nanyuki, Maasai Mara, Diani, Lewa and Samburu among others. It also flies to Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar among other destinations in the region. For instance, it operates two daily flights to and from the Maasai Mara.
The deal would see tourists’ book tickets with Kenya Airways and move from their host country to their destination without the need to double book.
Sebastian Mikosz said such a deal would be attractive to many tourists including American and Canadians who would consider enjoying the direct flights to Nairobi from New York.
Safarilink airline is based at the Wilson Airport.
In separate but complementary partnerships, Kenya Airways collaborates with American Airlines and Delta Airlines. In this partnership, these American airlines will link travelers from various parts of American Cities and Canada to Kenya Airways flight in New York for the direct route to Nairobi.
The CEO said he hopes the non-stop daily flight to New York will also be tapped by countries in the region. He added that a reliable schedule will see travel agents better avail flights for their customers.
In 2017, tourism arrivals were 1.5 million to record earnings of about Sh120 billion. The highest ever number of tourists Kenya has ever recorded was in 2011 when it stood at 1.8 million.
Data released by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) for 2017 stated that 68.4 per cent of visitors came for holiday followed by 13.7 per cent who came for business.