Kenya, Pakistan trade receives boost after Emirates launch of additional flights to Pakistan

Nairobi: Trade between Kenya and Pakistan received a boost after Dubai based Emirates airline unveiled major expansion plans for Pakistan with launch of additional flights to Islamabad, Lahore & Peshawar. Lahore & Islamabad will be served seven times a week from October 31, 2011 & November 2, 2011 respectively & Peshawar served by three weekly flights from Nov 5, 2011. Kenya and Pakistan have strong trade correlation in that Islamabad is one of biggest buyers of Kenyan tea while bulk of rice consumed locally is shipped in from Pakistan.

“Additional Emirates’ additional flights to Pakistan will offer Kenyan travellers, businesses, exporters increased frequencies, create greater socio-economic opportunities for Pakistan & Kenya as increased passenger flow will help flourish additional businesses between two countries,” said Emirates’ Regional Manager for East Africa Essa Sulaiman Ahmad.

“Evolving market structure, improved accessibility, rise in remittances and rising consumer spending due to expanding population are key factors that will shape trade between Kenya and Pakistan. Emirates is keen to continue facilitate this trade owing to our long term commitment to both countries,” he said.

Statistics from weekly tea auction in Mombasa showed that Kenya exported 23.4 million kg of tea to Pakistan between January and March, representing a jump of 30.7 per cent when compared to a similar period of 2010.

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