Kenya’s air travel industry earned 78.9 billion shillings (about 556 million U.S. dollars) in the first six months of 2023, an industry expert said Tuesday.
The sector is experiencing a rebound from the slowdown during the COVID-19 pandemic when travel restrictions were imposed as part of prevention and control measures, said Joseph Kithitu, chairman of the Kenya Association of Travel Agents, at a forum in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
The East African country earned about 600 million dollars in 2022 from the air travel sector. “As an industry, we project to generate about 1 billion dollars in revenues in 2023 based on the performance of the first six months of this year,” Kithitu said, noting that the sector is expected to fully recover to pre-epidemic level in 2024.
He said leisure travel is the key driver for the growth as more foreigners visit Kenya’s beach and wildlife attractions.