Turkish Airlines launches flights from Istanbul Atatürk to Mombasa via Kilimanjaro

Turkish Airlines’ 200th aircraft, which it received in early November, operated the airline’s inaugural service on the circular route from Istanbul Atatürk to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mombasa in Kenya. Turkish Airlines, which is currently the world’s fifth largest airline by fleet size, wants to take over as #1 by 2023.

  • Turkish Airlines inaugurated five weekly services on the route from Istanbul Atatürk (IST) to Kilimanjaro (JRO) in Tanzania, which will make a stopover in Kenya’s coastal city and important port of Mombasa (MBA) before returning to the carrier’s Turkish hub. Kilimanjaro is the second destination offered by Turkish Airlines in Tanzania, and the country’s Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, John Mngodo, said during the launch: “Kilimanjaro belongs to Tanzania’s prime tourist destinations, and the new route will help us boost tourist arrivals. It will also make the export of flowers grown on the slopes of Mount Meru in the northern part of the country easier.” An equally warm welcome awaited Turkish Airlines in Mombasa, where Kenya Airports Authority’s Chairman, Mutuma Mugambi, commented: “The dominance of seasonal air charters as a business model for this airport is now changing with the introduction of scheduled offering. I urge hoteliers, tour operators, travel agents and tourism stakeholders to embrace this opportunity to revamp the sector.” Turkish Airlines launched the service on 4 December using 737-900ER equipment.

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