AirKenya is a reputable safari airline in East Africa with nearly 20 years of experience of flying passengers around the region’s world-famous destinations - from the wildlife wonderlands of Masai Mara and Serengeti to the mountainous home of gorillas in Bwindi. Based at Nairobi’s legendary Wilson Airport - as AirKenya Express - we provide both scheduled and charter services in collaboration with our subsidiary airlines, Regional Air Services in Tanzania and Aerolink in Uganda.
Recognised as a designated carrier by the Kenyan Government, the airline is also authorised to fly the length of Africa – from Egypt in the north to Zimbabwe in the south – as a Comesa-approved operator. Comesa is the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African states.
Where we operate
- Beach Holidays
- Bird Watching
- Flying Safaris
- Mountain Climbing
- Air Charters
- Guided flying safaris
- Eco tourism
- Cultural activities
AirKenya is delighted to have a role in the work of The Samburu Project to transform the lives of women and girls in this remote region of Kenya by providing clean sources of water. To date, they have drilled 118 wells which supply water to over 100,000 people. The impact on health and women’s empowerment is reflected in the fact that education, especially for girls, has doubled in these communities. Women are now setting up small businesses and getting involved in small-scale commercial farming. Infant deaths caused by waterborne diseases have been eradicated. In December 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Samburu Project, in collaboration with PadMad Kenya, conducted hygiene and reproductive health workshop in Samburu. Tourism Ambassador for Kenya and world marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge, was on hand to offer his support and also shine a spotlight on the Samburu region as a tourism location. Every year Airkenya in partnership with the Wells Project contributes about USD10,000 towards the program expense in transportation for staff and board members.
Airkenya has been part of this school’s journey for almost a decade during which it has been transformed from basic tin-panel structures to a modern eight-classroom facility. We recognised that education is the springboard for community development in the Maasai Mara, one of our flagship destinations. The school now has a fully stocked library an administrative block, teachers’ quarters, a borehole that supplies clean water and a solar power system. Next on the list will be more classrooms, a kitchen and dormitories for pupils to allow them to stay at school rather than having long and potentially dangerous walks past wild animals. This will allow the school to grow to 300 pupils. During a recent visit to Emarti, AirKenya general manager, Capt. Dino Bisleti thanked our many passengers who have donated to the project and Wildlife Safari Ltd. for library supplies. The total cost of the long-term project will be around USD 1.5 million.
Taekwondo Waithaka Club was founded in 1998 by Master George Mureu to provide children and young adults in this deprived community of Nairobi with a facility where they would learn discipline and self-reliance. George was the club’s sole financier and when he died unexpectedly the club struggled to survive relying on the support of friends and parents. The club lost a coach, several pupils left and a lack of sponsorship meant it had difficulty participating in local competitions. In 2019 it was on the brink of collapse when Airkenya stepped in to sponsor their first championship competition in Mombasa and another in Embakasi, Nairobi. We also supplied the club with essential floor mat equipment. As a result Taekwondo Waithaka Club students recently sat for their first-ever grading exam since the club’s inception. A proud day for everyone.
08 February 2022
We are excited to start off the month of love with some good news. We shall resume our Migori-Tarime service on 10th February 2022 following the green light by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). Our Maasai Mara to Serengeti service will effectively resume the same day.Read More
06 January 2022
Airkenya has expanded its safari network by adding Tsavo National Park to its safari destinations. The new destination is already operational from the Finch Hatton airstrip (FIH).Read More
01 December 2021
The good news keeps coming. Our 2022 flight schedule is out, and we have made significant changes. Continuing with the Northern Circuit series, we have restructured our flight timings to allow connection flexibility from all corners within our route network.Read More
29 November 2021
It is a Christmas-comes-early type of mood in Airkenya, and our Santa bags are full of surprises starting with the expansion of our Northern Circuit service.Read More
19 August 2021
Airkenya Express, a leading regional safari airline that operates out of Nairobi, is proud to announce that its entire workforce is now fully vaccinated. The airline has taken big strides in the fight against the prevailing pandemic.Read More
02 July 2021
We are happy to announce our partnership with Amref Health Africa to provide Covid-19 (PCR) testing service. This was on the background of overwhelming requests to provide the tests at our premise to allow clients to proceed with their safari without losing valuable time.Read More
21 January 2021
Airkenya welcomes an additional aircraft to its fleet We are happy to confirm the arrival of the newest member of our fleet, a 37-seater AirKenya’ s Dash 8 – 200 which touched down at Wilson Airport shortly before dusk on the 07th of January 2021.Read More
07 December 2020
The Samburu Project, Pad Mad, AirKenya and Eluid Kipchoge Team Up for Menstrual Hygiene Campaign in Samburu, Kenya
The Samburu Project, in collaboration with PadMad Kenya, conducted menstrual hygiene and reproductive health workshop on 5th and 6th December 2020 in Archer’s Post, Samburu County. The workshop included the distribution of reusable menstrual hygiene products, soap, underwear and covid protection masks to 1,000 girls from the community.Read More
24 February 2017
AirKenya will effective 1st June 2017, operate a daily service into Loisaba with a minimum of 2 passengers. AirKenya will continue to fly daily into the North who's stops include Nanyuki, Lewa Downs, Samburu, Meru and now Loisaba with a minimum of 2 passengers. Passengers who wish to proceed to the Masai Mara may do so direct from the North (Loisaba, Meru, Lewa Downs, Samburu) to the Masai Mara. Flights back to Wilson Airport with possible onwards connections to Kilimanjaro and …Read More
08 January 2014
AirKenya Express started the New year with a double celebration. On 2nd January 2014, its 7th brand new Cessna Grand Caravan arrived from the Cessna Factory, in Wichita, Kansas, USA. The new Caravan is the second of the EX series with airline. Two days later, on Saturday 4th January 2014 there was champagne popping as the deHavilland DASH 7 arrived to boost the airlines seating capacity. The Dash 7 is the most robust STOL (short landing and take off) aircraft able t…Read More
14 February 2013
Airkenya Express will serve the Ol Seki, Naboisho Airstrip in the Masai Mara effective 15thFebruary 2013. Ol Seki serves the following properties: Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, Mara Porini, Kicheche Valley, Basecamp Dorobo, Basecamp Eagles Nest, Encounter Mara and Naboisho Camp. Airkenya continues to serve eight (8) airstrips in the Masai Mara namely, Ol Kiombo, Musiara, Serena, Ngerende, Mara North (Buffalo), Kichwa Tembo, Keekorok and Siana Springs making it easier …Read More
31 January 2012
Airkenya took delivery of its second brand new Grand Caravan late last year. The Caravan arrived from the Cessna Factory in Wichita, Kansas, USA. The 12 seater Caravan is equipped with the latest integrated flight instrument system with its all-glass- suite cockpit, latest avionics package which includes traffic avoidance collision system, (TACS), enhanced ground proximity warning (EGPWS)and an efficient auto pilot system amongst many other features…Read More
05 July 2011
AIRKENYA emerged the Air Operator of the Year at the inaugural Kenya Tourism Awards in June 2011 at a dazzling ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya. The event organized by the Kenya Tourist Federation had seventeen categories for nominations of awards in the Tourism sector. Airkenya trumped as the most “reliable, safe airline…” and achieved a score over 70% in this category. The “Air Operator of the Year Award” was looking for the airline that best achieved: on…Read More