By Edna Mwende
Air travellers can now fly daily from Nairobi to Homabay after Silverstone Air Services introduced a passenger plane on the route.
According to a news story by the Standard newspaper, this comes just a few months after the airline announced it would have flights on the said route to meet the increase in demand for air travel services.
”We are delighted to include Homa Bay town in our growing list of destinations that we serve. This new service which will be a daily one is expected to help the people in and around the great county access affordable and reliable air service,” Silverstone Air Sales and Marketing Manager, Mr. Patrick Oketch said as quoted by the Standard.
The flights officially started on September 2, 2019, from its Wilson Airport hub, Nairobi to the upgraded Kabunde Airstrip.
Mr Oketch pointed out that the journey from Wilson Airport to Kabunde airstrip will take approximately 35 minutes and will have an introductory cost of Ksh6,500.
He said that on this particular route, Silverstone Air shall be deploying a Dash 8-100 type of aircraft that has a capacity of 37 passengers, adding that they will be introducing late afternoon flights soon.
The Kabunde airstrip was modernised in 2015 by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) and received its first commercial flight in January 2016. Glanack Investments Company was tasked with the role of upgrading the airstrip at the cost of Ksh200 million.
According to the Star, Homa Bay Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata said the airline will boost business in the entire South Nyanza region, spending less travel times between Nairobi and Homa Bay.
This flight to Homabay adds to an already long list of daily flights, from the serene Kenyan Coast to the Maasai Mara, Eldoret, Wajir and Lodwar. Its recent services include charter operations for cargo in and within the region.
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