Brussels Airlines. Phot/courtesy.

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 4 – Brussels Airlines has resumed direct Nairobi flights after a 9 years hiatus.
State Department for Immigration and Citizen Services Principal Secretary Julius Bitok asserted that the 6 weekly flights have been buoyed by visa-free regime.

State Department for Immigration and Citizen Services Principal Secretary Julius Bitok emphasized the pivotal role of the visa-free regime in bolstering the frequency of flights between Nairobi and Brussels.

”We are happy about this initiative because our government has been opening the country through the Visa free regime. This inaugural flight saw 200 passengers that received the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ETA) in a record time,” said Bitok.

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He asserted that the airline’s return to Kenya signifies enhanced connectivity to Europe while at the same time fostering tourism, trade and investment opportunities.

Kenya had in January 1 abolished visa requirements for all international visitors in what president William Ruto said was in line with his administration’s agenda to bolster tourism and borderless commerce.

Brussels Airline’s entry into Kenya will increase Lufthansa Group’s flights to Nairobi from Frankfurt (Germany) and Brussels (Belgium) to 13 in the summer and 11 in the winter.

Brussels Airlines is wholly owned by the Lufthansa Group, a German flag carrier.Earlier, its East African General Manger Kevin Markette exuded confidence in the route’s ability to provide demand for its fleet.

“Kenya remains a focus market for Lufthansa Group in East Africa, largely driven by the significant increase in demand and resurgence in travel, coupled with the immense support of the local community within the region,” he said.

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