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Kenya Seeking Direct Milan-Malindi Flight
Kenya is seeking to launch direct flights connecting Italy's city of Milan and Malindi as a way of boosting tourism.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said the plan was at an advanced stage of implementation as it would also enhance business between the two countries.
"Malindi International Airport will be able to handle direct flights from Milan and we shall discuss on making this a possibility," said the President.
Mr Kenyatta is leading a delegation of government officials and businessmen to market Kenya's tourism sector and to woo investors during the Milan Expo in Italy.
INCREASE INTALIAN VISITORS
The move is expected to increase Italian visitors to Kenya. The former is the fourth top source market for the latter with about 50,000 visitors every year.
The announcement is expected to be music to the ears of tourism, which has recently shown signs of recovery after a two year slump due to insecurity and travel advisories from the country's key source markets.
Businessmen attending the forum led by Italian billionaire Flavio Briatore had raised issue over the length of time taken to connect flights to Malindi saying the country is losing a lot due to the situation.
"Kenya Government should expedite efforts to have direct flights from Milan to Malindi and Mombasa to ease air travel for businesspeople who cannot afford the time wasted during connecting flights," said Mr Blaitore.
"There is a growing appetite by Italian investors to set base in Kenya, a signal of the confidence they have in the country. With the right policies in place, Kenya is riding high," he said.