In a statement released by the Dutch embassy in Nairobi, dated April 20, 2020, the European nation expressed its desire to maintain strong trade links with Kenya. Consequently, Kenya and the Netherlands have agreed to two flights a week to foster economic ties amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Starting Tuesday, April 21, and Sunday, April 26, Air France KLM Martinair, Cargo will operate two weekly cargo flights bringing 45-50 tons of cargo from Nairobi to Amsterdam," The statement read in part. "For this purpose, KLM Boeing 777-300 passenger aircraft will be used with ample belly capacity. This comes in addition to the existing full freighter flights Air France KLM Martinair is regularly operating.”
The exports will be dominated by cut flowers and other perishable products, inclusive of vegetables and fruits from Kenya to the Netherlands. The deal signifies a clear boost for the country's agricultural and horticulture sector and the Kenyan economy at large as it will enable more exports.
The Netherlands has long been at the forefront of investing in Kenya and promoting increased exports from Nairobi to Amsterdam and beyond. The European nation has for the last five years in a row been ranked as the largest European market for Kenyan exports.