Kenya Airways is Kenya’s national carrier and operates both locally and internationally. Internationally, it has tens of flights across different African, European, and Asian countries.
Recently Kenya Airways was given Category 1 status by the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration, which means Kenya’s leading airline can now take direct flights to and from the United States.
It’s worth noting that Kenya Airways is rated to be among the best 5 airlines in Africa. It has more than 30 airplanes, among them being 9 Boeing Dreamliners.
Now that you know how great Kenya Airways is, how much information do you have about the best local airlines in Kenya? Some of these airlines have been recognized globally and have won multiple awards.
The Best Local Airlines in Kenya
JamboJet is a Kenyan low-cost local airline that has been in operations since 2014. It’s a subsidiary of Kenya Airways and has its headquarters in Nairobi. Some of its destinations include Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Malindi, Ukunda, Entebbe and Nairobi. It’s also ranked among the cheapest local airlines in Kenya.
- Website: JamboJet
- Contacts: +254 711 024 545
This is arguably the best local airline in Kenya at the moment. Currently it serves 11 domestic destinations within Kenya and two outside Kenya. Some of the domestic destinations include Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu, Lodwar, Malindi, Mombasa and Nairobi while the regional destinations are Juba and Zanzibar.
The local airline is a 4-time World Travel Awards winner have been named Kenya’s Leading Domestic Safari Carrier 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. It has also been nominated for this year’s World Travel Awards scheduled for later this year.
3.Silver Stone Air
Founded in 2013, Silver Stone Air is a local airline with flights to different destinations, including Mombasa, Kisumu, Malindi, Lamu, Lodwar and Ukunda. The airline has a fleet comprising of 6 Fokker 50’s, 4 Dash 8-100s, 3 Dash 8- 300s and 1 CRJ-200 aircraft.
This is another leading local airline that has flights to Nairobi, Lamu, Eldoret, Lodwar, Mombasa and Ukunda. Established in 2013 by a group of local pilots and investors, the airline operates its passenger flights from Wilson Airport, Nairobi and cargo from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Among its fleet include Dash – Q300, Fokker 50 and Fokker 100.
Fly-SAX is a local airline in Kenya based at Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Originally called East African Safari Air, the airline was rebranded and named Fly-SAX after it was bought by the current parent company, Fly540. It serves a total of 17 destinations, including Nairobi-Wilson, Diani, Malindi, Lamu, Homa Bay, Wajir, Masai Mara Lokichogio, Eldoret, Kitale and Lodwar. Its bookkings are currently handled by East African (Smart Flying).
6.East African (Smart Flying)
East African (Smart Flying) is Kenya’s premier safari and private charter airline based in Nairobi and has its operations based at Jomo Kenyatta International and Wilson Airports. Its current fleet stands at 5 and can carry between 9 to 80 passengers. Some of its flight destinations include Diani Beach, Eldoret, Homa Bay, Kitale, Lamu, Lodwar, Lokichogio, Malindi, Masai Mara and Wajir.
7. Safarilink Aviation
Safarilink Aviation is a regional airline based at Wilson Airport in Nairobi. It was established in 2004 and currently has a fleet of 11 aircrafts. Some of its destinations include Amboseli, Diani Beach, Kilimanjaro, Kisumu, Kitale, Lamu, Lewa Downs, Lodwar, Loisaba, maasai Mara, Naivasha, Nanyuki, Samburu, West Pokot, Tsavo West, Vipigo Ridge and Zazibar. The airline has been nominated for this year’s World Travel Awards.
8. Tropic Air Kenya
The airline has been in operation for 25 years. It has a fleet of 11 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, all based at Nanyuki Airfield. They use Airbus H125 and H130 helicopters. Some of the favorite destinations include Maasai Mara, Chyulu Hills, Laikipia and the Great Rift. The airline has been nominated for this year’s World Travel Awards.
9.Mombasa Air Safari
Founded in 1985, Mombasa Air Safari is a Kenya coast scheduled airline and currently has a fleet of 9 aircrafts. Among its destinations are Amboseli, Diani Ukunda, Finch Hattons, Lamu Malindi, Maasai Mara, Mombasa, Nairobi, Meru and Samburu. The airline has been nominated for this year’s World Travel Awards scheduled for later this year.
10. AirKenya Express
AirKenya Express is another great local airline based at Wilson Airport, Nairobi. It operates both scheduled and charter flights across the East African region. Some of the destinations it flies to include Amboseli, Entebbe, Kilimanjaro, Kisumu, LAMAI, Lewa Downs, Loisaba, Maasai Mara, Meru, Migori, Nairobi, Nanyuki and Samburu.
It has two wholly owned subsidiaries, Aerolink in Uganda launched in 2012 and Regional Air Services in Tanzania launched in 1997. It has 1 fleet, two of which are helicopters. It has emerged the winner in the annual World Travel Awards twice – in 2013 and 2014, and has been nominated for this year’s awards as well.