Coast tourism industry has received a shot in the arm after local low-cost airline, Silverstone Air, launched direct flights from Kisumu to Mombasa last week.
Travellers from Kisumu will now be flying directly to Mombasa’s Moi International Airport (MIA) and back at an introductory fare of Sh10,000 per person.
The inaugural flight was unveiled at MIA, making it the first ever-direct flight connecting the two cities since independence. The airline’s Sales and Marketing Manager Patrick Oketch said the carrier will not only boost tourism industry in the Coast region, but will also facilitate air travel between the two cities.
“The airline is targeting the growing number of local tourists, families and business people from across the border coming for leisure and business activities to the port city of Mombasa,” he said.
Mombasa International Airport manager Walter Agong said there is a growing demand for low-cost, local flights. “The airport’s management is ready to work with the new carrier to facilitate growth of the airline since it will boost tourism between the two counties, encourage more investors and make travel from Mombasa to Kisumu more comfortable and safer.
“We will do all it takes to ensure growth of the airline, since this way we are guaranteed to reap from the benefits of devolution,” he said. Oketch said during the first two weeks, the airline will be operating on Fridays and Sundays.
On the third week, a third flight wuld be added on Wednesdays. The airline is charging an introductory fare of Sh10,000 per person on a one-way basis.
“It will take two-and-a-half hours to fly from Kisumu to Mombasa,” he said. Kisumu Town West MP Olago Aluoch and Coast regional Coordinator Benard Leparmarai were the chief guests during the ceremony.