Low cost airline provider, Safarilink, has launched direct flights to Lodwar in Northern Kenya, as it expands its footprint in the region-an offensive against rival Jambojet.
The airline began flying five times weekly between Nairobi and Lodwar via Lokichar in Turkana County, becoming the 13th destination to which the carrier provides daily scheduled services.
The new route will be operated by a 35-seater, DeHavill and Dash 8.
Safarilink Aviation Managing Director, John Buckley, said that the introduction of these flights provide an opportunity for the airline to support development of other sectors, beyond tourism.
“Today’s commencement of operations to Lodwar and Lokichar is a significant milestone in our operations. These flights will contribute significantly towards spurring economic development in Northern Kenya by opening up the region not only for tourism but also investment and development of other sectors,” said Buckley.
Every weekday (Monday to Friday), Safarilink will be departing from Wilson Airport in Nairobi at 0700 hours to arrive at Lokichar at 0815 hours, before proceeding to Lodwar, where it will be landing at 0845 hours.
The return flight, on each of these days, will depart from Lodwar at 0900 hours, to land in Nairobi at 1020 hours. Lokichar is home to recent oil finds and further exploration activities are ongoing.