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Ethiopian Airlines Boosts Mombasa Service from Mid-September 2023

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Ethiopian Airlines has announced plans to increase its service between Addis Ababa and Mombasa from mid-September 2023. The move comes just a week after Kenya granted the airline the green light to add frequencies to the popular tourist destination, alongside flydubai. This decision is expected to intensify competition and could potentially impact Kenya Airways, which has been lobbying against the approvals.

As observed by Aeroroutes, starting from September 15, 2023, Ethiopian Airlines will introduce a second daily flight using Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft for the Addis Ababa – Mombasa route. The new afternoon/evening departures will offer increased travel options for passengers.

– ET322: ADD (Addis Ababa) to MBA (Mombasa) departing at 09:00, arriving at 11:20, operating daily.

– ET324: ADD (Addis Ababa) to MBA (Mombasa) departing at 15:30, arriving at 17:50, operating daily.

– ET323: MBA (Mombasa) to ADD (Addis Ababa) departing at 12:15, arriving at 14:35, operating daily.

– ET325: MBA (Mombasa) to ADD (Addis Ababa) departing at 18:40, arriving at 21:00, operating daily.

Kenya’s Open Skies Policy

The increased flight frequencies for Ethiopian Airlines and flydubai are part of Kenya’s implementation of the open skies policy, aimed at easing access and rules of use for foreign airlines at national airports. The policy has been met with both support and opposition, as it seeks to attract more business and tourists while addressing concerns about protecting local carriers like Kenya Airways.

The move is expected to attract more tourists to fill the over 40,000 beds in the region and create employment opportunities for thousands of youth, further boosting the region’s economic lifeline.

While Ethiopian Airlines and flydubai celebrate their approvals, Kenya Airways expressed concerns over the lack of reciprocity in such agreements with foreign carriers. With the entry of more international airlines into Mombasa, competition is set to escalate.

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