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Kenya Airways Resumes Flights to Eldoret, Marking a Milestone in Domestic Aviation

In a significant development for Kenya's aviation sector, The Cabinet Secretary for Roads and Transport, Hon. Kipchumba Murkomen today presided over the resumption of Kenya Airways (KQ) flights to Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, after a decade-long hiatus. This marks the fifth new domestic destination and county opened up to aviation transport by the government in the past year.

The resumption of flights aligns with the objectives of the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA), aimed at enhancing connectivity and efficient movement of goods and people across Kenya. Through initiatives like BETA, the government seeks to improve market access, reduce transportation costs, and boost productivity across economic sectors.

The renewed air services highlight the pivotal role counties play as drivers of growth and opportunity. This step underscores our collective commitment to regional development, connectivity, and economic prosperity.

Kenya Airways' international presence is also noteworthy, with an extensive route network spanning 44 direct destinations across four continents, with 37 in Africa. This, coupled with numerous codeshares and alliance partnerships, extends the airline's reach globally.

The Eldoret route is expected to facilitate vital connections between families, stimulate business opportunities, and contribute to the growth of the local tourism industry. Additionally, it provides a gateway for students, farmers, traders, and sportspeople to access global opportunities.

Moreover, the resumption of flights will benefit small and large-scale farmers in the NOREB region, enabling them to leverage diversified transport logistics to capitalize on initiatives like the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the Kenya-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and the Kenya-US African Growth Opportunity Agreement (AGOA), among others.

The Ministry of Transport expresses its enthusiasm for Kenya Airways' alignment with and support for the government's development agenda. This milestone would not have been possible without the concerted efforts of all stakeholders, including parliamentary committees, government agencies, private sector partners, and the local community.

Special appreciation goes to the leadership of the county governments of Uasin Gishu, Bungoma, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, and Trans Nzoia, among others, for their role in making this achievement a reality.