Best local airlines in Kenya

Best local airlines in Kenya
Best local airlines in Kenya

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Best local airlines in Kenya

Imagine travelling to upcountry with your family and you take the shortest time possible, for instance 45 minutes to arrive from Nairobi to your destination. Travelling is fun however, the distance sometimes can be very unfriendly, especially when using vehicles as your means of transport.
Likely enough, it will take you 8 hours to travel a distance of 450 KM; from Nairobi to Mombasa or Kisumu. What about if you can travel or transport goods in 45 minutes or less?
Air transport is the mobility of men and material by air is.

It is the fastest means of transport and is very useful for long distances and saves time. Currently in Kenya, citizens living in major cities can easily access local air transport to connect to different locations countrywide.

Why local air transport

a. High Speed
It is the fast speed means of transport. Passengers and goods can be transported easily from one place to the other.
b. Minimum Cost:
Unlike railways and road transport, there is no need to spend money and stay on the road for 8 hours. Local airlines have air ticket rates ranging from KE 3500 which is convenient.

c. Easy transport of costly and light goods
It is quite convenient to send costly, light and perishable goods through air transport.
 d. Free from physical barriers
Air transport is free from physical barriers like river, mountains and valleys etc.
 e. Useful for Agriculture
Air transport is useful for aerial spray on pests and insects which cause harm to crops.
 f. Useful in natural calamities
During earthquake, flood, accidents and famine air transport is used for rescue operations.

Here are some of the best local airlines in Kenya.

1. Fly 540

Five Forty Aviation Ltd, trading as Fly540, is a low-cost airline based in Nairobi, Kenya, that operates domestic and international passenger and freight services. Fly540 commenced operations in 2006; since 2012, the new pan-African airline Fastjet has had a significant interest in the company.

2. African Express Airways

African Express Airways is a Somali-owned airline based at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. It is a short-haul airline, which caters to business and leisure travellers and operates daily departures.


Silverstone Air has emerged as Kenya’s leading domestic airline providing one of the finest experiences across the Kenyan skies. Silverstone continuously strives to provide safe, reliable and financially viable travel solutions that other Kenyan aircraft operators may not be able to provide.

They know the importance of responding quickly to our client’s requests and understand the need to meet both short and long-term requirements. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service, ensuring that each passenger experience exceeds their expectation while ensuring value for money.
Silverstone Air is well equipped to provide the following services:
(a). Commercial scheduled and non-scheduled passenger flight services
(b). Commercial Cargo Services
(c). Private Charter Services
(d). Evacuation, Humanitarian and Relief Services
(e). ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance) Lease


Skyward Express was established in 2013 by a group of local pilots and investors. Skyward Express operates its passenger services from Wilson Airport, Nairobi and cargo from Jomo Kenyatta International airport using its new modern fleet of Dash 8 – Q300 and Fokker 50 aircrafts.

5. Airkenya Express

Airkenya Express is an airline based in Nairobi, Kenya. It operates domestic scheduled and charter services, as well as scheduled flights to Tanzania. Its main base is Wilson Airport, Nairobi.

6. Jambo Jet

is a Kenyan low-cost airline that started operations in 2014. It is a subsidiary of Kenya Airways and is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya
Mombasa Air Safari
Mombasa Air Safari is a Kenya coast scheduled airline.
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