The top 5 airlines in Kenya

The journey is also as important as the destination.

Here is a list of the best airlines operating in Kenya locally and internationally.

This is Kenya’s national carrier which has been rated as one of the 5 best airlines in Africa. Kenya Airways has grown significantly and boasts of 34 aircraft among them 9 Boeing dreamliners. Recently the national carrier landed a major deal with the United States-owned Federal Aviation Administration which gave Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Category 1 status. This means that Kenya can now operate direct flights to and from the United States.

KQ has two subsidiary companies which are: low-cost carrier Jambojet and African Cargo Handling Limited. It also partly owns Kenya Airfreight Handling Limited.

Its headquarters are based at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

Safarilink deals with local flights specializing in Kenya’s safari destinations and across the border into northern Tanzania. The airline is based at Wilson Airport in Lang’ata Nairobi.

Clients can get daily scheduled flights to Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo West, Naivasha, Nanyuki, Lewa Downs, Samburu, Lamu, Kilimanjaro, Loisaba, Chyulu Hills, Lodwar, Migiri, Vipingo, Diani Beach and Zanzibar.

Safarilink was founded in January 2004 and now operates 10 aircraft ranging in size from 13 to 37 seats. The aircraft is chosen to meet the specific requirements of operating into bush airstrips within Kenya’s famous game parks.

The local airline now provides daily scheduled services to 22 destinations and during the busiest periods of the year carries over 14,000 passengers per month.

The airline is a short-haul airline based at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. African Express airways deals in business and leisure travels and operates daily departures.

It operates both local and international flights to the following destinations: Egypt, Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu, Somalia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

It so far has 7 aircraft and also has an Associate Jet Aircraft Maintenance Company located near its head offices. Jet Aircraft Maintenance Ltd specializes in maintenance for most medium-range aircraft of western manufacture.

Based at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, Airkenya Express operates both scheduled and charter flights across the Kenyan region. The airline flies into Kenya’s game reserves namely the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Nanyuki, Meru, Lamu, Malindi and Diani.

Airkenya also operates a scheduled daily flight to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

The thirty year old airline has two wholly owned subsidiaries namely Regional Air services in Tanzania which was launched in 1997 and Aerolink in Uganda which was launched in 2012.

Airkenya express has a total of 12 fleet of which two are Helicopters.

Based in Moi International Airport Mombasa, Mombasa Air Safari was founded in 1970 by Aussie Walker. The airline has a maintenance capability in the coast-based airport.

Since its inception Mombasa Air Safari has the following companies added to it: Malindi Air Services, Mombasa Air Services (Ukunda) Limited and Mombasa Air School.

Their fleet consists of five aircraft with a seat capacity exceeding 100 seats.

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