More flights in and out of Kenya


(eTN) – Virgin Atlantic and Fly 540 are both increasing routes in Kenya, either in capacity or with extra flights. Travel will become a little easier and more convenient in Nairobi, Vipingo, and Malindi beginning as early as a less than two weeks from now.


Following the upswing in demand for travel to Kenya, and from Kenya for that matter, too, Virgin has just announced that they will bring a larger aircraft to the Kenya route beginning with the summer season. This will effectively increase seat capacity by about 10 percent. The larger A340-600 version to be used offers 68 more seats on each of the daily flights, and the airline expects the capacity increase to be absorbed by the extra demand for travel.

Ever since Virgin launched the route to Kenya, the airline has been a strong supporter of Kenya tourism and was instrumental in the financing of a series of conservation projects. Virgin’s public face, Sir Richard Branson, has made regular trips to Kenya to gain firsthand experience of how these projects are impacting conservation and the people.

In a related development, a few days ago, the airline also introduced their new A330 aircraft on the route from London to New York, offering the latest in cabin technology to passengers flying with them from Nairobi via the UK to the United States, where their US associate company, Jet Blue, flies onward to key destinations across North America.


Information was received that Fly 540 will add an extra flight to Vipingo and Malindi effective April 18 until initially June 30, leaving Wilson Airport Nairobi at 4:00 pm on Mondays.

Two additional flights will be added over Easter, with an extra Thursday April 21 flight and an extra Saturday, April 23 flight to cater to the expected additional demand of travelers from Nairobi to this part of the Kenya coast.

The Vipingo/Malindi route was only recently launched, and travelers have taken to the new destination as the flights land on the Vipingo estate’s own airstrip, making road transfers from Mombasa or Malindi redundant for estate residents and visitors.