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Here are Top 7 Most Reliable Local Airlines in Kenya

You can easily travel to any local destination of your choice using one of the numerous local airlines available. The fact that flight ticket prices are higher compared to Matatu fares, their speed and comfort are incomparable. When you travel by air, you won’t have to face problems associated with road travel like traffic jams and delays. If you plan to travel to any local destination by air, this article shares the top 7 most reliable Airlines in Kenya you can use.


One good thing about these airlines is that they have excellent customer support just like international airlines. Flight ticket bookings and payments are also done online, so you aren’t required to move around a lot to get them.

Factors to Consider when Choosing a Local Flight

Ticket Prices

When choosing an airline to take a flight to a local destination, the price of the air ticket is the first thing you should consider. Make thorough price comparisons between all the available airlines. Some airlines might charge more than others with no extra value added.


The reputation of the Airline

Prior to your flight booking, do thorough research on different airlines to avoid boarding one that has been reported of bad reputations. Check the various online customer reviews and use them to make your final decision.


Airline Flight Comfort

Some airlines use old aircraft models that don’t offer enough comfort to passengers throughout thei flights. Check your prospective airline fleets to see which airplane models they use and their comfortability.

How to Book Jambojet Online and Pay Via Mpesa

List of Kenya’s Most Reliable Local Airlines
1.    Jambojet

Jambojet is one of the most reliable local airlines in Kenya. It is a subsidiary of the national carrier, Kenya Airways. The airline whose hub is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi commenced its flight operations in 2014.


Jambojet offers excellent air travel services to most destinations within and outside Kenya such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Eldoret, Kisumu, Goma, and Ukunda. Whether it is a one-way flight, a return flight, or a round trip, Jambojet offers all at affordable prices. A trip to Mombasa from Nairobi for instance would cost about Ksh.6,300.


If you need to make a trip with Jambojet to your desired local destination, you can book and pay for your flight ticket by visiting its website,, and following the flight-booking procedure. Payment can be done via different online payment platforms like Mpesa, Airtel Money, Visa, and Mastercard.



Telephone: +254 711 024 501


2.    Fly 540

Fly 540 is one of the most reliable local airlines that took to the skies for the first time in 2006. It operated its earliest flights using 48-seat ATR 42-320 turboprop aircrafts. It later added more domestic destinations and aircrafts to its fleet. In 2010 again, the airline added more international destinations within East Africa in Tanzania and South Sudan.


Fly 540’s services are not only affordable but come with a satisfying customer experience. It operates from both JKIA and Wilson airports in Nairobi. Its local destinations include Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi, Lodwar, Kisumu, and Eldoret. Across the borders, its destinations are Juba (South Sudan) and Zanzibar.

Fly 540


Mobile: +254 733 540 540



3.    Safarilink

Safarilink is a local carrier that was founded in 2004. It operates daily flights from Wilson airport in Nairobi to 22 destinations in Kenya and across the border to Northern Tanzania. The airline is a member of the Kenya Association of Air Operators. Out of the 165 employees it has, 34 are Pilots. On peak periods of the year, it carries over 14,000 passengers every month.

Safarilink currently operates a total of 14 Aircrafts of capacity ranging from 13 to 52 seats. They meet the required standards of flying into bush airstrips that they mostly operate. Some of its destinations include Tsavo West, Maasai Mara, Chyulu Hills, Naivasha, Nanyuki, Zanzibar, and Samburu among others.



Mobile: +254 730 888 000


P.O Box 5616 – 00506‚ Nairobi.


4.    Skyward Express

If you need to take a flight to one or more of the local destinations, Skyward Express will sort you out. It is one of the most reliable local airlines in Kenya that was established in 2013. It is owned by a group of local investors and pilots. Its base for passenger flights is at Wilson Airport and cargo flights at JKIA.


Skyward Express’s destinations are Lamu, Ukunda, Lodwar, Mombasa, Eldoret, and Malindi. You can book a flight to any of these destinations by visiting its website, Payment can be done online via Mpesa, Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, or UnionPay.

Fly Skyward

Mobile: +254 709 786 000


Skyward Express, P.O.Box 26314 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya


5.    East African (Smart Flying)

East African is an airline that offers private charter services to various destinations within the country. It conducts its operations from Wilson airport and JKIA in Nairobi. It operates daily flights to the top safari and beach destinations in Kenya. It is also the pioneer of flying into the previously under-serviced locations such as Kitale and the Comoros Islands.


Some of its destinations include Samburu, Maasai Mara, Diani, Malindi, Lamu, and Homa Bay.


Tel: +254 725 305 305



6.    Silver Stone Air

Silver Stone Air is one of the most reliable local airlines that was founded in 2013. Using its over 20 aircraft fleet, It conducts its flight operations from Wilson airport in Nairobi to destinations such as Malindi, Kisumu, Ukunda, and Lamu.


If you need to book a flight with them, visit, follow the laid-out booking procedure, and pay for your air ticket online.


Phone: 0740100100 / 0740300300


P.O BOX 34538-00100



7.    Airkenya

Airkenya has been operating flights within the East African region for over 15 years. In collaboration with subsidiary airlines from Tanzania and Uganda, it provides scheduled and charter services to various destinations in the region. Apart from Egypt and Zimbabwe, it also has the permission to fly to various destinations within the COMESA market region.


It has a fleet of aircrafts of different makes such as Bombardier DHC 8-202 (Dash 8), De Havilland DHC-7, De Havilland DHC-6, and the Grand Caravan C208B. It operates most of its local flights to Safari destinations such as Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Samburu, Kilimanjaro, and Amboseli among others.


If you need to book a flight, you can do so on its website, Payment can be done online through Mpesa, Visa, Mastercard, Airtel Money, Pesapal, and American Express.


Phone: 254 20 391 6000


P.O. Box 30357 Nairobi – 00100


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