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Jetways, Silverstone to start cross-boarder flights




A Silverstone Air Services plane. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Local carriers Jetways Airlines and Silverstone Air Services are set to introduce scheduled flights into neighbouring countries after they acquired permits to start flying passengers beyond Kenyan borders.

Jetways Airlines, which operates Nairobi to Wajir and Maasai Mara routes, is set to start flying to Juba, Entebbe, Mogadishu and Kigali after the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority issued it a one year licence beginning November 12.

Silverstone Air Service is set to introduce international passenger flights between Nairobi and Juba and Tanzania’s Mwanza, marking their first scheduled venture outside the country.

Jetways Airlines, like Silverstone, was also granted a licence for cargo ferrying on the same routes. This latest move gives the airlines additional routes and opportunity to assert their presence in the regional space.

The licence approval for the new routes also comes barely four months after Jetways begun scheduled flights between Nairobi and Wajir. It also introduced flights from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara on Saturday, December 1. There are plans to introduce scheduled flights to Diani in Kwale.

Jetways, like Silverstone, has for years been operating charter flights across East and Central Africa. Most popular charter destinations in the region include Mombasa, Kenya’s tourism hub, and the Maasai Mara.

Silverstone flies to five destinations that include Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi, Lodwar and Maasai Mara.