Uhuru: Direct flights to China will boost bilateral ties
04 November 2013, 14:32
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta said Monday the
planned introduction of non-stop flights between Nairobi and Chinese
business hub Guangzhou will boost bilateral relations.
Kenyatta said the direct flights by Kenya Airways to the Asian
country present a golden chance to deepen bilateral partnership with
China, which is one of Kenya's leading cultural, diplomatic and economic
"The introduction of direct flights to China is part of our strategy
to continually strengthen our ties with the Far East," he said during
the aircraft naming ceremony in Nairobi.
Speaking in Nairobi, Kenyatta said during his state visit to China
earlier this year, he was seized with the subject of deeper relations,
and especially people-to-people contact, which he said, is at the heart
of stronger partnerships.
"Our desire is to attract just 0.1 percent of China's vast population
to Kenya as tourists. That would transform our tourist numbers and
revenues," Kenyatta said.
Kenya Airways, one of the most successful airlines in Africa, has
been strengthening its long haul capability, paving the way for the
introduction of new continental routes.
The airline had earlier announced plans to increase its destinations
to China from the current two to six as it seeks to tap into the growing
passenger and cargo travel between China and Africa.