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Balala said air access and poor standards in air travel on the continent had hindered growth for tourism in Africa Balala said air access and poor standards in air travel on the continent had hindered growth for tourism in Africa

Kenya Looks to Air Access and Airports for Tourism Development

Najib Balala, minister, tourism, Kenya has announced discussions with low-cost UK and European-based airlines in an effort to boost tourism to the African country’s coastal regions.

Speaking at the sixth Africa Civil Aviation Air Navigation Services Conference in Mombasa recently, Balala said: “We are developing a strategy to encourage low-cost carriers from the UK to fly here. I will be looking to start discussions with Ryanair and easyJet.”

Balala noted the UK was Kenya’s second-largest source market, after the US. In October, national carrier, Kenya Airways, will launch direct flights between New York and Nairobi, servicing the US tourist market.

He added that the country had projeacted a climb in visitor numbers this year, boosted by improved security and infrastructure, including a new rail service.