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Air Italy launches direct flights into Nairobi

Air Italy will launch direct flights from Rome and Milan to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, from December 23. The airline has been flying to Mombasa as a charter service in the past two years. The new, twice weekly scheduled flights to Nairobi will be extended to the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain) as well as Greece.

In a recent interview with the press, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Italy, Captain Dr Giuseppe Gentile, said the move indicated a cooperation between the two countries. "Italians are part and parcel of Kenya, we have houses in Kenya, and our presence in Malindi is a clear indication on this issue," Capt Gentile said.

The airline will be targeting businessmen from both countries, and is targeting seat occupancy of over 70 per cent in the next six months. Gentile also said that the carrier will have a distinct pan-African approach, and hopes to finalise agreements with Kenya Airways in order to connect to more African destinations. Air Italy currently operates flights to the Caribbean, Mauritius, Maldives, Brazil, Venezuela, Egypt and Zanzibar.


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