Fly 540 eyes new domestic routes

A Fly 540 airplane and staff

Budget carrier Fly 540 is seeking approval from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to operate on new routes across the country in an effort to expand its domestic footprint.

The low cost airline wants to expand its aviation routes to cover Nanyuki, Meru, Amboseli, Lewa, Isiolo, Samburu and Moyale towns. 

 “Any representation in favour of or against any application should be made in writing to the Director-General, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, so as to reach the Authority within twenty-one (21) days from the date of publication of this notice,” the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) said in a Gazette notice last Friday.

Should the request be sanctioned by KCAA, it will without a doubt increase competition in the local low cost aviation sector which is operated by other pocket friendly carriers such as Silverstone Air Services and Jambo Jet. The move will similarly increase travel options for locals traversing the routes which may inadvertently lead to a reduction in price of air tickets.

The move by Fly 540 mirrors that of national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) which in July received approval from KCAA to introduce new flight routes to Wajir, Homabay, Lokichoggio, Isiolo and Maasai Mara on Boeing 777, Boeing 787, Boeing 737 and Boeing 8170 aircrafts with the operating license expiring after three years.

KQ’s local subsidiary similarly received the nod from the aviation regulator to introduce new flight routes to Lusaka in Zambia, Lumumbashi in DR Congo and Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. KCAA also previously granted Jambojet a three-year licence to fly to Addis Ababa, Dar-es-Salaam, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Kigali, Juba, Hargeisa, Mogadishu, Goma, Kisangani (DRC), Moroni (Comoros) and Lilongwe.

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