LAST FRIDAY saw the launch of the
Silverstone Air flight service from Wilson Airport,
Nairobi to Mombasa’s Moi International Airport, writes
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.
Mohamed Somo, Managing Director Silverstone Air
welcomes the Governor Joho at the launch of the
inaugural Wilson Airport to Moi International
“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
“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.