National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has launched direct cargo flights from Mombasa’s Moi International Airport to United Arabs Emirates (UAE).
In a move that is seen as a boost to Kenya’s blue economy, KQ’s weekly flight to UAE’s Sharjah International Airport will be ferrying mostly tropical fish. KQ has promised to increase the frequency of flights as well as destinations as demand grows.
Speaking during the launch, KQ CEO Allan Kilavuka said that the carrier will work closely with fish and seafood farmers in order to boost trade of same-day perishable products between Kenya and the Middle East.
On his part, KQ cargo director Dick Murianki said that the latest move will resuscitate “the Blue Economy and the potential it holds”, insisting that KQ is ready to partner with Mombasa’s business community.
“We are grateful for our partners within the fresh produce industry as well as the County Government,” said Murianki.
The average load of the fresh seafood per flight will be about 18.75 tonnes.