Nairobi, Kenya – Kenya Airways, popularly known as KQ, has launched direct cargo flights from Moi International Airport in Mombasa to Sharjah Airport in UAE. The cargo flights destined to UAE have always been departing from Nairobi.
The airline plans to run one weekly flight carrying mostly tropical fish after increased frequencies and destinations as demand grows.
Speaking during the launch on Tuesday in Mombasa, Kenya Airport Authority Area Manager, Peter Wafula hailed the historic move made by KQ.
“We congratulate Kenya Airways for this historic moment,” he said.
On the other hand, Mr Allan Kilavuka, the CEO of KQ, said they would work closely with the farmers to meet the customers’ demands.
“KQ Cargo will work closely with fish and seafood farmers to maximize on the same-day perishables supply chain to cater for the consumers in the Middle East region,” said Allan Kilavuka.
Meanwhile, Mombasa Governor, Ali Hassan Joho, said the move is timely, and it complements the county’s Value Addition Centers programme within the 2020/21 financial year.
“The launch of the inaugural Kenya Airways cargo flight from the Moi International Airport in Mombasa to The UAE is timely and will provide a much-needed boost to our economy,” he said.
“It greatly complements our efforts in the establishment of an integrated Fresh Produce Freight Terminal as part of the Value Addition Centers Program within the 2020/21 financial year,” he added.
So far, KQ Cargo fleet has operated an estimated 700 cargo-only flights in the past six months. In total, KQ Cargo has been able to carry +10,000 tonnes of fresh fruits and vegetables, demonstrating the importance of air travel in moving food worldwide.