international flights to and from Nairobi are handled by Jomo Kenyatta
International airport, 15km southeast of the Nairobi city. By African
standards it's a pretty well-organised place, with two international
terminals, a smaller domestic terminal and an incredible number of
shops offering duty free and expensive souvenirs, snacks and internet
access. You can walk easily between the terminals.
between Nairobi and Kilimanjaro International Airport or Mwanza in
Tanzania, as well as many domestic flights use Wilson airport which is
about 6km south of the city centre on Langata Rd. The other arrival
point into the country is the Moi International airport in Mombasa, 9km
west of the Mombasa city centre, but apart from flights to Zanzibar
this is mainly used by charter airlines and domestic flights.
airways are the main national airline and has a generally good safety
record with only one fatal accident since 1977. The following are
airlines flying to and from Kenya.
express airlines • Air India • Air Malawi • Air Mauritius • Air
Madagascar • Air Zimbabwe • Ai Kenya • British Airways • Daalo Airlines
• Egypt Air • Emirates Airline • Ethiopian Airlines • Gulf air •
Jetlink Express • Kenya Airways • KLM Airlines • Oman air • Precision
Air • Qatar Airways • Rwandair • Safari Link Aviation • SN Brussels
Airlines • South African Airways • Swiss International Airlines
Airline/ Flight Tickets
If you enter
Nairobi with no onward or return ticket you may run foul of immigration
and be forced to buy one on the spot-an expensive exercise. Note that
you can't get a standby flight to Kenya unless you're an airline
employee. The airport departure tax for international flights is
included inn the cost of your plane ticket.
tickets to Kenya
round-the-world (RTW) tickets are a tempting option if you want to
include Kenya on a longer journey, but the most common African stop is
Johannesburg-if you're coming from Europe, any ticket that includes
Nairobi is usually much more expensive. If you're coming from Australia
or New Zealand the difference may not be so great, but it's still often
cheaper to buy an RTW or Australia-Europe Ticket, stop over in
Johannesburg and then buy a ticket on to Nairobi from there.
you may have to go through several travel agents before you find
someone who can put a good deal together. The following are online
agents for RTW tickets: www.airtreks.com www.bootsnall.com
www.roundtheworldflights.com www.travelbag.com www.thetravelleruk.com
Flights to Nairobi
Kenya from all Africa
Nairobi is a
major African hub and there are good connections to most regions of
Africa-Kenya airways and the relevant national airlines serve
everywhere from Abidjan to Yaoundé at least a few times a week,
with the most frequent routes serving East and West Africa.
Flights to Nairobi
Kenya from Tanzania and
airways and precision Air offer frequent flights from Dar-es-salaam and
Zanzibar to Nairobi and Mombasa, and have been so successful that Air
Tanzania suspended its competing flights on the Dar-Nairobi route in
2005. If you book in advance its can be cheaper to fly to Mombasa with
precision air then connect to Nairobi with a domestic KQ flight.,
rather than taking a direct flight to the capital.
airlines fly to Nairobi daily from the Kilimanjaro International
Airport near Moshi, including Air Kenya, Ethiopian Airlines and
precision air, which also have flights from Mwanza on Lake Victoria.
Kenya airways are also the principal carrier flying between Nairobi and
Entebbe (34 km south of Kampala).
Nairobi Kenya from South Africa
airways have regular flights from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The only
direct flights from South Africa to Kenya come from Johannesburg; Kenya
Airways and South African airways (SAA) both have daily flights on this
has offices throughout southern Africa. Check their website for branch
locations. Flight centers in cape town and Worldwide Adventure Travel
in Victoria falls are partners of flight centers in Nairobi, and have
years of experience in the budget travel business.
by Robert Muhoho