Air Italy will introduce four weekly flights to Mombasa, Kenya, and also introduce flights to Zanzibar from the end of October.

The new direct flights to Mombasa and Zanzibar will be operated by an Airbus 330, with 24 seats in business class and 228 in economy.

Kenya Tourism Board MD, Betty Radier, welcomed the news. “The number of passengers on an Air Italy flight will average between 150 and 190.”

Previously known as Meridien Fly, the airline was the first carrier to enrol in Kenya’s Charter Incentive Programme when it was launched by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala in January 2016.

In a related development, Polish holiday operator, Rainbow Tours, started weekly charter flights to Mombasa on October 12, bringing 189 tourists from Warsaw.

During the winter season of 2019/20, the charter company will operate charters, with weekly flights from October 12 until the end of December, says a statement from KTB.