02/04/2012 - Posted by Neil King
Properties in Kenya could be about to see a boost over the coming months after Etihad Airways began flying to the country from China last weekend.The firm flew its inaugural passenger flight to Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi, making it the first for the company in east Africa.Furthermore, Etihad is now looking at venturing into west Africa in the coming years as it looks to expand its operations. In the meantime, Kenya could be set to benefit from tourism growth.Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer James Hogan said that he is delighted that the company is touching down in Kenya."This year will see considerable growth for us within Africa as a whole, as we observe strong and emerging markets across the continent," he explained."In particular, this new route services the considerable and growing flow of people and capital between Kenya and North Asia, with major Chinese investment in Africa generating passenger demand in both directions."Meanwhile, a new report by the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya said that the country's export market is continuing to grow.