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Subsidy for Mombasa charter flights chalks in Sh3.7 billion - 3 months ago, 7 Nov 17:01

By: James Kariuki

A government subsidy for European air charter operations brought in 55,000 tourists, earning tourism sector-players Sh3.7 billion.

Tourism secretary Najib Balala said the earnings were 18 times more than Kenya’s investment of Sh200 million paid out to the charter operators as an incentive under the Charter Incentive Progarmme (CIP) where the government injected Sh1 billion.

The programme allows charter flights, among other things, to land for free at Mombasa's Moi International Airport.

Mr Balala said Moi International Airport in Mombasa was now receiving 15 charter flights per week, up from nine last year with future plans under way to open up Ukunda and Malindi airports for direct charter flights.

Speaking when he received 120 tourists from the Netherlands via a TUI chartered plane, Mr Balala said CIP was a win-win situation for Kenya and the charter operators who receive a Sh3,000 cashback for every tourist terminating their journey in Mombasa.

Plans are in the pipeline ...
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