Kenya Airways has launched a new nonstop service from the coastal city of Mombasa to Dubai.

It will be operating four weekly flights between Mombasa and DXB’s Terminal 1 using its B737-800 aircraft.

The airline already operates 10 weekly flights to Nairobi. Its four weekly flights to Mombasa will represent an unserved destination at DXB.

The new Dubai-Mombasa route will therefore increase the carrier’s frequency to DXB to 14 round trips a week.

Nearly 650,000 passengers flew between DXB and Kenyan destinations in 2019.

Dubai Airports recently raised its annual forecast for passenger traffic at DXB to 64.3 million.

The average monthly traffic at the airport also exceeded the 6-million mark throughout the third quarter. The hub recorded 18.5 million passengers in Q3, the first time that quarterly traffic reached pre-pandemic levels since 2020.

Passenger volumes at DXB recorded a 167.6 per cent surge in the third quarter to reach 18,455,938, increasing the year-to-date September traffic to 46,340,826 passengers. The year-to-date traffic volume represents 72 per cent of DXB’s pre-pandemic passenger traffic during the same period in 2019.

Flight movements in Q3 increased to 98,577 at DXB, raising the number of flight movements recorded between January and September to 274,911, up 159.5 per cent year-on year. The top three cities by traffic were London (2 million passengers), Riyadh (1.5 million) and Mumbai (1.3 million).