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First ever direct flight from Kisumu to Mombasa | Coastweek

Coastweek-- First ever direct flight from Kisumu International Airport to Mombasa’s Moi International Airport (MIA) last Friday afternoon after new low cost carrier, Silverstone Air debuted on the route
Silverstone Air Launches Mombasa Kisumu Mombasa Flight

Coastweek-- Celebrations marked the arrival of the first ever direct flight from Kisumu International Airport to Mombasa’s Moi International Airport (MIA) last Friday afternoon after new low cost carrier, Silverstone Air debuted on the route, reports TITUS MUSAU.

Disembarking passengers were treated to real Coastal gig with Bombolulu traditional dancers providing entertainment before being served with Madafu drinks.

It is the first airline to offer direct air link on the route since Kenya gained independence and is being seen as a big boost to both tourism and trade between the two port cities and Eastern Uganda.

Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Najib Balala speaking to Coastweek, commended the management of Silverstone Air for the bold move in starting the service.

“Since Silverstone started operations, they have launched several new routes linking up Nairobi with the rest of Kenya.

“We salute them for their investment initiatives and wish other airlines could follow suit,” he said.

The Kisumu-Mombasa flight which touched down at 2.33 pm, a Dash 8-100 series piloted by Captain Martin Nzioki who is also the airlines director of Operations and first officer Davis Kungu was given the traditional water canon salute by Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Fire Brigade.


Inaugural of Mombasa-Kisumu Fight | Coastweek

  Coastweek-- Kisumu County Minister  for Tourism cum the and chairperson of Tourism Caucus Ms. Archie Ojany Alai [left], received by Mombasa County Tourism Chief Officer Ms. Rabia Salim on arrival at Mombasa Airport  during the inaugural of Mombasa-Kisumu Fight by Silverstone Air. PHOTO BY TITUS MUSAU

Onboard the inaugural flight which was received by the newly posted Coast Regional Coordinator, Mr. Bernard Leparmarai was Kisumu West MP, Olago Aluoch and his West Mugirango counterpart, Mr. Vincent Memosi Mogaka.

Others included former Kisumu Mayor, Mr. Sam Okello, Kisumu County Minister for Tourism cum the chairperson of Tourism Caucus Ms. Archie Ojany Alai, Chief Tourism Officer, Mr. Thomas Ooko and Silverstones Financial Director, Mr. David Ojuang.

“We are happy to receive this flight today. We hope county governments can cooperate and work together with the national government to uplift lives of our people.

“Silverstone Air should be commended by all for this new service,” Leparmai said.

On her part, Alai termed the move by Silverstone Air as fantastic and absolutely incredible.

“We are excited as a county to have Silverstone offering a vital airline service connecting our two beautiful cities surrounded by large water bodies and hope both trade and tourism will benefit a great deal from this great venture,” she said.

Silverstone Marketing Manager, Mr. Patrick Oketch said that for the first two weeks after inception, the airline will be operating on Fridays and Sundays but on the third week will add Wednesday to its flight days with timings remaining the same.

An introductory fare of Ksh 10,000 will be charged per person on a one way basis.

Oketch said that Silverstone will apart from the Dash 8-100 aircraft also deploy a Fokker 50 and Dash 8-300 (both have capacities to carry 50 passengers).

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