Low cost airline Fly Tristar has launched early morning flights in and out of Mombasa.
Fly Tristar Commercial Director Ken Wadhwa said the airline will operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Wilson and Moi International Airport.
“We have been flying to Mombasa every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our flight departs on Friday at 1600 hours from Wilson to Mombasa by 1705 hours for a quick turnaround back to Wilson. On Saturday we have an early flight to Mombasa at 0800 hours and back to Nairobi at 0940 hours. On Sunday we also have a late flight that departs Wilson at 1300hours and leaves Mombasa at 1700 hours back to Wilson," he said.
Mr Wadhwa said the airline plans to introduce flights on Monday morning and midweek.
“Mombasa is a gateway town, we have cruise ships, international airlines like Condor and Ethiopian Airline, we are here to complement them.
“Our motivation is to demystify air travel, people perceive it as an extremely expensive affair but we guarantee seats at Sh4,333 one way.
“It is just Sh1,000 more on a First Class SGR ticket which takes more than four hours to reach Nairobi,” Mr Wadhwa said.
“Our target isn’t just for this season, we are here for the long haul. We have established an elaborate VIP lounge at Wilson Airport,” he said. Mr Wadhwa said that the airline flies to Eldoret, Lodwar and Mandera and charters flights to Malindi, Mara and Ukunda. They plan to venture into Kisumu.
Hotel owners at the Coast have welcomed the early morning flights.
“Fly Tristar’s launch of the service is indeed a historic move set to boost the Coast’s tourism industry. Airlines to Mombasa and other coastal towns have changed the way holiday makers and business people travel,” PrideInn Hotels Managing Director Hasnain Noorani said. Tourism in the region is on the mend following setbacks caused by terrorism, the prolonged elections period coupled with chaos in 2017, and travel advisories by western governments.
PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort General Manager Mohammed Omar said availability of affordable flights will have a positive impact on the industry as it encourages domestic tourism, spending and job creation.
“Mombasa has a wealth of amazing cultural and natural treasures for visitors to admire,” he said.
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