Kenya domestic airlines prepping for high season


(eTN) Following hot on the heels of Fly540 airline expanding their safari network in Kenya, Safarilink airline has reacted and also posted new routes and added flights to the tourism trade.

Most notable is the addition of Migori right at the border with Tanzania, where camp operators from the Serengeti are able to pick up their passengers from the airstrip and then take them to their camp or lodge via the immigration and border point nearby at Isebania. This will be an add-on sector for flights between Wilson Airport and the Masai Mara, permitting tourists the quickest access to the Serengeti and a combined visit between the two parks, without having to fly via Nairobi to Arusha (JRO) or driving all the way across the border in Namanga or else using the poorly-maintained road from the top of the Olooloolo escarpment to the Tanzanian border. This flight will commence on July 1 and initially run until October 31, subject to review after assessing demand and uptake of the new offer.

The other new service, also effective July 1, is an afternoon flight to Tsavo, the Chyulu Hills, and Amboseli. This new departure will allow passengers on the morning flights from Northern Kenya, i.e., Samburu, Lewa Downs, Nanyuki and the flights from the Masai Mara into Wilson, an easy connection to other key national parks after having lunch at one of the many venues now available at Wilson Airport, including the Aero Club of East Africa, where they have a good and fast lunch and also see pictures on display of long-gone aviation days.

The Tsavo destination is going to be the Voi airstrip, which is owned and operated by Kenya Wildlife Services (inside the Tsavo East park) and from where passengers can be picked by camp/lodge transport from as far as Taita Hills lodges or Ngulia/Kilaguni in Tsavo West, offering a game or scenic drive enroute. The Chyulu destination airstrip will be at Ol Donyo Wuas. In Amboseli, the main airfield in the center of the park will be used to drop and pick up passengers as usual for the morning flights.

For all the new sectors, a minimum of 2 passengers booked and ticketed are required, and the airline has pointed out that there may be differences in flight arrivals and departures as a result of flying into only one strip, several, or all of them.