IndiGo announces African Debut: to launch flights between Mumbai and Nairobi in August 2023

IndiGo, India’s largest airline, has been working on launching new international routes, and this is a big focus for them in 2023. For instance, a flight to Georgia (the country) will be launched in August 2023, apart from the route announced today. Africa has recently become the focus for Indian carriers, with Vistara heading to Mauritius, for instance.

IndiGo announces Mumbai – Nairobi flight effective August 2023

IndiGo has now announced Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, as the 27th international and 105th overall destination in the 6E network. The airline has opened bookings for daily non-stop flights between Mumbai and Nairobi starting August 5, 2023. This new route marks IndiGo’s entry into Africa. The 6:30 hours flight to Nairobi will be operated with an Airbus A320 from the IndiGo fleet. Nairobi is a gateway to African safaris but is also home to many Indian diaspora by itself.

Timings for the flight are as follows (note the different times for the inaugural)

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On this occasion, Vinay Malhotra, Head of Global Sales, IndiGo, said,

We are delighted to announce the launch of direct flights between Mumbai and Nairobi, a significant step towards strengthening the bilateral ties between India and Kenya. With India emerging as Kenya’s third-largest trading partner and witnessing increased investments, this new air route will further enhance our economic ties too. Kenya is our first destination country in Sub-Saharan Africa and encompasses Savannah, Lakelands, as well as mountain highlands. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris can visit the Maasai Mara as well multiple other National Parks & Wildlife Reserves, opening numerous options for tourists. With our expanding network, we remain committed to fulfilling our promise of delivering on-time, affordable, courteous, and hassle-free travel experiences to our valued customers. 


IndiGo will launch operations on the 2800-mile long, 6.5-hour-long sector with their A320 aircraft on August 5, 2023. The airline will go head to head with Kenyan Airways, which already operates twice daily on the route, with a Boeing 737 aircraft, which is fitted with a double cabin (business and economy). This will be the first entry for IndiGo into Kenya and Africa. The flights launch on August 5, 2023.

What do you think of IndiGo’s aspiration and launch of this route, going head-to-head with Kenya Airways?

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  1. Forget Maasai Mara and other tourist things in Kenya, this flight will attract a massive amount of O&D passengers wanting a cheap ticket.

    Kenya has lots of recent lower-middle class migrants from India and along with their families, they will be the primary target market.

    It will directly affect the Air Arabia passenger numbers who currently take the NBO-SHJ-BOM routing for a cheap ticket.

    (Btw, the KQ 737s are perfectly fine for a 6hr sector – they have decent legroom, IFE, and the Boeing SkyInteriors and alcohol. J seats are also comfortable at 2×2 big sleeperettes).

  2. .
    KQ used to operate 777 / 787 to BOM then downgraded to 737. Flight used to be boring for 6 hours in single aisle equipment. Seat pitch of KQ was good though.

    But, those were good old days to travel through KQ throughout Africa and earn 100% JP Miles.

    Hope seat pitch and width is good in Indigo considering a local Kenyan can as well travel comfortably.

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