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Launch of the Silverstone Air daily flights | Coastweek

Coastweek-- CUTTING THE CAKE at the launch of the Silverstone Air daily flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Mombasa’s Moi International Airport are [from left] Silverstone Finance Manager David Ojwang, Silverstone Air sales and marketing manager Patrick Oketch, Silverstone Air Director Captain Mahat, KTF Chairman Mohamed Hersi, Silverstone Air Director Captain Mohamed Somo, Kenya Coast Tourism Association Chairman Victor Shitakah, KATA CEO Nicarnor Sabula.

Silverstone Air Starts Early Morning Flights Out Of Mombasa

Coastweek-- LAST FRIDAY saw the launch of the Silverstone Air flight service from Wilson Airport, Nairobi to Mombasa’s Moi International Airport, writes ANJUM ASODIA.

The low cost carrier, that is making waves in the industry, has been praised highly by those passengers that have used it so far.

This new route, which departs Wilson Airport at 10a.m. and 5.30p.m.  every day, will depart from Moi International Airport in Mombasa at 6.30a.m. and 11.30a.m.

At an introductory fare of 4,600 Kenya Shillings one way (inclusive of taxes), the airline will be deploying a 50-seater Bombadier Dash 8 Q-300 series and the Fokker 50, providing a much needed service for Kenyans and tourists on this route.

According to the airlines’ Sales and Marketing Manager Patrick Oketch “the airline has responded positively to overwhelming requests by clients to have the service.”

At a special launch dinner by the airline to Mombasa-based tour and travel agents, Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has commended the management for adding early morning flights out of Mombasa to Wilson Airport.

Joho said that he was impressed with the confidence the management of the airline had in introducing these flights and pledged his government’s full support to the firm.

“We are experiencing growing interest in business and are seeing a lot of positive developments all geared towards making the common person comfortable” he added.

According to the Governor, Silverstone Air has given Kenyans opportunities to explore Mombasa and other areas like Kisumu, Maasai Mara, Lamu, Diani and Malindi which are ideal tourist attractions and business centres.

 

Director Silverstone Air welcomes the Governor | Coastweek

 
  Coastweek-- Mohamed Somo, Managing Director Silverstone Air welcomes the Governor Joho at the launch of the inaugural Wilson Airport to Moi International Airport flight.

“We are aware that ever since Silverstone Air made a first in launching the only direct air connection linking the two port cities of Mombasa and Kisumu, their flights are always fully booked” the Governor said.

He also confirmed that destination Mombasa was picking up so well in terms of tourism arrivals and that his county government was working closely with the National government to ensure that the port city and the county at large remains an attractive destination.

“Mombasa is looking forward to hosting several global meetings and events, starting with a global aviation conference which will later on be followed by a meeting for medical practitioners, maritime conference and the World Skal Congress later in the month of October.

“This will require a lot of logistical support from investors and with air connectivity services by Silverstone Air and other airlines that fly into Mombasa, access will be made easier and faster.”

Oketch further reiterated that to serve their customers professionally, the airline has established a 24-hour call centre located at KenRail Towers in Westlands, Nairobi.

Kenya Tourist Federation (KTF) chairman Mohamed Hersi, who is also the Director of Operations with Pollmans Tours and Safaris challenged the management of Silverstone Air to consider connecting the East African region by extending their operations within the East African Community (EAC) region.

“Look beyond Kenya, in fact we have very good traffic (tourists) coming into our country from neighbouring Uganda and considering the fact that fares charged in a no-frills and low budget airline are affordable, Uganda could be an easy pick” said Hersi.

Kenya Coast Tourist Association (KCTA) Chairman Victor Shitakah, welcomed the new flights by Silverstone Air and said it was becoming easier for all to afford flying.

“It is no longer a preserve for the rich, when with 4000 bob, one could hop onto a plane and fly” he added.

Entertaining the colourful event which was also attended by Kenya Association of Travel Agents (KATA) CEO Nicanor Sbula, Silverstone Air Directors Captain Mohamed Somow and Captain Mahat Somow, and their Finance Manager Mr. David Ojuang, were sensational Kenyan song bird Akotee, Otile Brown, Susumila and Dazla.

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