IndiGo completes its inaugural Nairobi flight

An IndiGo Airbus A320neo climbs after takeoff.
Photo Credit: High Ridge Aviation

India’s major low-cost airline IndiGo has recently marked its entry into the African subcontinent with the commencement of daily direct flights between Mumbai and Nairobi, starting from August 5, 2023.

This strategic move not only adds Nairobi as the 27th international and 105th overall destination in the 6E network but also signifies a significant milestone in IndiGo’s international expansion strategy.

Reaching the African Subcontinent

Nairobi, the vibrant capital city of Kenya, holds immense promise as a key addition to IndiGo’s growing network. With this new route, IndiGo is set to bridge the gap between India and Kenya, fostering both business and leisure travel between the two nations.

The airline’s foray into the African subcontinent aligns perfectly with its overarching vision of connecting people with broader places.

A Step Towards Economic Growth

IndiGo’s new direct flights between Mumbai and Nairobi hold the potential to cultivate strong bilateral ties between India and Kenya. The connectivity facilitated by these flights is not limited to Kenya alone; it also opens doors to further exploration of the African continent.

This move is indicative of IndiGo’s commitment to contributing to economic growth and development, as increased accessibility often paves the way for enhanced trade, tourism, and cultural exchange.


Mr. Pieter Elbers, the Chief Executive Officer of IndiGo, expressed his excitement about this maiden flight into the African soil. He emphasized how Kenya’s captivating wildlife beauty and historical landmarks make it a perfect choice for this new venture.

The alignment of IndiGo’s vision with Kenya’s goals for economic growth through tourism and cultural exchange creates a symbiotic relationship that benefits both nations.

Strengthening Kenya’s Aviation Network

The Kenyan government has long been dedicated to improving air travel and infrastructure across the country. The Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary, Kipchumba Murkomen, highlighted how IndiGo’s direct flights between Mumbai and Nairobi seamlessly align with this commitment.

This strategic move enhances accessibility, ensuring a smoother travel experience for both Kenyan citizens and visitors from abroad.

Boosting Kenyan Tourism

Tourism, Wildlife, and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Peninah Malonza acknowledged the pivotal role tourism plays in Kenya’s economy. With IndiGo’s direct flights, the anticipation is high for a surge in tourist arrivals from India.

Kenya’s unique offerings, from diverse wildlife to breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage, are now more accessible than ever before to Indian travelers.

Nairobi, often referred to as the gateway to Africa’s safaris, captivates visitors with its blend of modernity and tradition. Iconic attractions like the Karen Blixen Museum and the Giraffe Centre offer glimpses into Africa’s past and present.

Nature enthusiasts can find solace in the sprawling Nairobi National Park, where majestic black rhinos roam freely. The bustling energy of Village Market and the allure of Karura Forest add to the city’s vibrant charm.

Beyond Nairobi: Samburu National Park

For those seeking the ultimate safari experience, a journey to the awe-inspiring Samburu National Park is a must. Here, untouched wilderness and breathtaking landscapes await discovery, providing an adventure of a lifetime.

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