NAIROBI, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Air India, the national carrier of India, is set to launch direct flights between Nairobi and Mumbai beginning Nov. 27, an envoy said on Monday.
Rahul Chhabra, high commissioner of India to Kenya, told a trade forum in Nairobi that the national airline will resume direct flights that were canceled in 2010 due to a low volume of business.
"Air India will resume flying four times a week in order to tap into the growing demand for travel between the two countries. Depending on the market response, the frequency could be increased to daily," Chhabra said during the Kenya-India agribusiness forum.
The Federation of Indian Export Organizations is visiting Kenya with a delegation of 27 companies from India, primarily in the agricultural sector, who are seeking investment, joint venture and other business opportunities.
Chhabra said that Kenya Airways already flies to India and thus there will be more choices for travelers commuting between the two countries.
He observed that India has also streamlined the visa process for Kenyans seeking to travel to India. "Kenyan citizens can now acquire visas online and is expected to increase number of outbound Kenya travelers to India," he added.
According to the envoy, the introduction of the Air India flights will also boost the number of Indians tourists visiting Kenya.