The Pioneer Safari Airline

AirKenya is the choice for the discerning traveller seeking the ultimate safety and comfort.

Our destinations include the world-famous safari destinations of Maasai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Amboseli National Park, Samburu National Reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lewa Conservancy, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tsavo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls.

Further afield, our charter operation can fly passengers the length of Africa, from Egypt in the north to Zimbabwe in the south. We also offer charter flights to all coastal destinations. 

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At AirKenya, we are proud of our many ‘firsts’...

  • We were the first airline to fly into the Maasai Mara in the mid-80s.
  • The first to launch scheduled services to Lamu and Diani on the Kenyan coast.
  • The first airline to fly to the Lake Turkana region in Northern Kenya – touching down at Lodwar, Kalokol and Loiyangalani.
  • The first airline to launch scheduled flights to Kitale in the Northern Rift Valley of Kenya.
  • Among the first airlines in East Africa to recruit female pilots, in the late 80s.
  • The only airline in Africa operating the Dash 7 commercially – a regional aircraft built to service short-haul travel.
  • The only airline to operate the Dash 6 (18-seater Twin Otter) commercially in East Africa.
  • The first and only airline to provide connecting flights from the Maasai Mara in Kenya to Entebbe, Uganda.
  • The first and only airline to provide scheduled flights to Meru National Park.
  • Finally, the only airline with a regional presence throughout East Africa, connecting the region’s world-famous safari destinations.


DC3 parked in front of Airkenya hangar EditDC3 parked in front of Airkenya hangar in the late '80s         Fokker 27 EditAirkenya Fokker 27 parked at Wilson Airport in the early '90s

We count CEOs and senior executives of leading global companies, members of royal families, presidents, ambassadors, and local and international celebrities including Hollywood A-listers, as some of the VIPs we have transported. However, regardless of who is flying, we ensure delivery of excellent customer service, bearing in mind that most of our passengers are embarking on a safari of a lifetime.

Airkenya DC3 picking guests from a British Airways Concorde in 1989Airkenya DC3 picking VIP guests from a British Airways Concorde in 1989 at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)


East Africa Connectivity 

With our subsidiary airlines, Aerolink in Uganda and Regional Air in Tanzania, flying you within Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and across these respective countries has never been easier!

We offer unique and seamless connections between safari circuits in East Africa, such as Maasai Mara to Serengeti and Masai Mara to Entebbe, and vice versa.


Regional Air

Regional Air has long been synonymous with exemplary scheduled and charter services in Tanzania. From its base in Arusha, you can explore the best of Tanzania, from the Serengeti Plains to the beautiful spice island of Zanzibar.

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With its hub at Entebbe International Airport, Aerolink offers flights into Uganda’s world-famous national parks. Destinations include Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls, Semuliki National Park and Kidepo Valley.

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Exclusive Departure Lounge

Our exclusive passenger terminal at Wilson Airport has a lounge and a coffee shop, where fresh, high-quality food and refreshments including Kenya’s best coffee and tea are available. There is also a boutique, fully stocked with travel essentials and unique holiday gifts and souvenirs. Clients have free Wi-Fi access before embarking on their long-awaited safari.


Core Values and Safety Culture

At AirKenya, flight and ground operation safety are paramount. It is our policy that all employees participate in and adhere to our Flight Safety Program, which supports our continuous efforts to meet international safety levels and management of risks.

All our pilots and engineers are trained by FlightSafety International and stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world, with continuous refresher and simulator training in Toronto, Canada and Kansas, USA. When you step aboard an AirKenya aircraft, you know you are in good hands. 

Our exacting standards of safety in our day-to-day operations are guided by the regulatory requirements set by the international safety body, ICAO, and the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

We are proud that many of our pilots have graduated through our ranks to join famous international carriers around the world – a testimony to the high standards we set. To date, more than 15 pilots have gone on to advance their careers with international airlines such as Kenya Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathy Pacific and the royal fleets of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Pilots_Under_The_Wing_-_Edit.jpgAirkenya pilots pictured under a Twin Otter (Dash 6) wing at Wilson Airport