Kenya Airlines Guide

A page about Kenya airlines. Traveling within Kenya can be time consuming, as most roads are bad to very bad. Railways are largely limited to the big cities of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu).



So if you want to get to the farther national parks without spending days driving around potholes at 20 miles per hour, you’ll have to use one of Kenya's airlines. Most bigger cities, as well as the safari parks, are served by small charter services that can get you from one end of the country to another quickly.

If you'd like to compare these airlines to see which one has the best deals, then the best (actually the only) place is this page at the Africapoint site. There's no other site that lists and compares many domestic flights in Kenya.

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways is the largest Kenya airline, that runs both local domestic and international flights around the world. Their hub is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi. Kenya Airways is a modern quality airline with a good safety record. Their fleet has more than 20 planes, including many large Boeing jets.


748 Air Services

748 Air Services has been in operation since 1994 and provides charter air services to various relief organizations and government groups in Kenya and other eastern African countries. More recently, they have also began offering transport services for passengers and cargo in the private sector as well. Their fleet consists of 10 smaller prop engine airplanes.

African Safari Airways

This is a small air service owned by the African Safari Club, offering tourist flights between Kenya and Europe. Nearly all of their flights are from European cities to its hub city of Mombasa, on the east coast of Kenya. This Kenya airline operates one single plane, an Airbus A310.

Airkenya Express

Another small airline, that operates out of Wilson airport, in the capital city of Nairobi. They fly domestic charter flights, and regularly scheduled flights to Tanzania (specifically the Kilimanjaro airport). Their fleet of 5 planes consists of Bombardier Dash 7s and De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters. Airkenya Express has been operating since 1987, when Air Kenya and Sunbird Aviation merged.

Fly540

Fly540 operates some low-cost passenger flights, and it is also a freight carrier. This Kenya airline is very new, having only been in operation since the end of 2006. Originally, they only operated scheduled flights between Nairobi and Mombasa. Their fleet now has 5 planes and they have expanded their routes to include cities like Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu and the Masai Mara.

African Express Airways

This is another airline that operates out of Jomo Kenyatta airport, and offers limited domestic and international flights. The international flights are all within Africa. It was originally partnered with African Airlines International but separated into an independent company in 1999. Their small fleet has 2 Boeing 727s and 1 DC-9 jet plane.

Mombasa Air Safaris

A small coastal Kenya airline that caters to the safari tourist. They have daily scheduled flights from Mombasa, Diani beach and Malindi arriving in Lamu, Masai Mara and Amboseli. Their routes and schedules are designed to help you make the most of your time while seeing the Kenyan sights. They can also arrange tour packages and complete safaris. All their planes are small but modern turbo-prop style.

SafariLink

Their names says it all. SafariLink runs a number of interconnecting flight routes to take a tourist to the various safari locations throughout Kenya, like Amboseli, Samburu, Masai Mara, Lamu and Tsavo. If their scheduled flights don't fit your itinerary, they do offer chartered flights. All the planes are prop-driven, mainly Cessnas, Twin Otters and a Dash 8.

JetLink Express

They offer both domestic and international flights on their regular schedule, and have charter services too. Based out of Jomo Kenyatta airport, you can fly to many Kenya locations with JetLink but also to southern Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Upcoming expansion includes regular routes to Tanzania and Rwanda. The JetLink fleet is made up of 3 jets: 2 Canadair regional jets and a Fokker 28.

So if you are planning on flying around Kenya on your next vacation, there are plenty of Kenya airlines for you to choose from. But as I said, the only place where you can compare them and their rates, is at the Africapoint site.

Related Pages:

Flights to Kenya (Nairobi)
How to get the cheapest air fares to Kenya

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi)

Wilson Airport (Nairobi, domestic flights)

National Parks of Kenya

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