Safarilink has launched direct flights to Lodwar in Northern Kenya, as it expands its footprint in the region.
From September 10, 2014, Safarilink began flying five times a week between Nairobi and Lodwar via Lokichar in Turkana County. This becomes 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.
The Safarilink Aviation Managing Director John Buckley said the introduction of these flights will provide an opportunity for the airline to support the development of other sectors, beyond tourism.
“The 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 Mr. Buckley.
Every weekdays, between Monday and 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 on-going. Lodwar is the headquarters of the expansive Turkana County. The county also has key tourist attractions, including the Cradle of Mankind, Lake Turkana and Sibiloi National Park.
The airline flies to all key tourist attractions including Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo West, Naivasha, Nanyuki, Lewa Downs, Samburu, Lamu, Kilimanjaro, Loisaba and Migori. It also provides charter flight services across the East African region.