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Fly 540 opens up Vipingo by air

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Mar 14, 2011

(eTN) - True to their recent form of expanding their domestic destinations to locations other airlines have not been thinking about, Fly 540 has announced a three-times-a-week service from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport via Vipingo to Malindi and back effective March 18.

Fly 540, operating from both Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport, now has without a doubt, the most extensive scheduled flight network across Kenya, including to many of the country’s key national parks. Vipingo has come into the spotlight in recent years as a purpose-built and gated estate and golf club community, and the who's who from Kenya and more and more of the rich and famous from abroad have lined up to build or buy weekend getaways and holiday homes, conveniently located between Mombasa and Malindi along the coastal strip. The "on estate" airstrip makes arrivals and departures easy as no lengthy travel to and from will be required by passengers.

In particular, the manicured championship courses at Vipingo have immediately attracted golfers from the entire region and also from overseas, and the elevated location of Vipingo creates much cooler daytime temperatures compared to the beachside, making golfing much more pleasant, especially during the hot dry season.

The new air service from the city airport in Nairobi to Vipingo makes it much easier to get to that part of the coast, and the use of the proven Beechcraft 1900 King Air will make for comfortable travel in a pressurized cabin. The airfare will surely attract enough passengers to make this route a winner for the airline. The flights operate every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

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Fly 540 opens up Vipingo by air
Golf course at Vipingo / Image via

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