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
Disembarking passengers were treated
to real Coastal gig with Bombolulu traditional dancers
providing entertainment before being served with Madafu
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
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,”
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.
Kisumu County Minister for Tourism cum the and chairperson of
Tourism Caucus Ms. Archie Ojany Alai
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
“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).