Air Kenya announces new service in Uganda

January 25, 2012

Air Kenya in the Maasai Mara, photo by Rob AdamsAir Kenya are set to announce details of their new domestic scheduled flight service in Uganda to the travel and tourism community later today. Tourists will soon be able to take advantage of this new service, set to launch by 1st July 2012, which will offer a fixed price, scheduled daily service operating in a loop around key wildlife destinations in Uganda including locations near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest and Murchison Falls National Park. The service will offer affordably-priced single and return tickets, with no minimum pax stipulations, as well as a ‘hop on, hop off’ package deal which will allow visitors to fly to Bwindi, track Gorillas, fly on to Kasese, track Chimpanzees, and then fly to Murchison and take in the Falls – all within the space of a few days and with minimum discomfort.

The new service will be known as Aero Link Uganda Ltd, and will use a variation of the existing Air Kenya logo and tail-fin designs but adapt these to reflect the Ugandan national colours. Aircraft used, at least initially, with be Cessna Caravans, with seats for up to ten passengers and two pilots. There will be two daily departures from Entebbe, one in the early morning and one around lunchtime. The morning loop will fly from Entebbe-Bwindi-Kasese-Entebbe, returning before noon, whereas the afternoon loop will run from Entebbe-Pakuba(MFNP)-Kasese-Entebbe, returning by around 5pm.

Management are considering stopping at both Kisoro and Kihihi airstrips near Bwindi, which will lengthen the morning loop but will offer better access to all the Gorilla tracking sites in Bwindi itself, as well as the Batwa Trail and Golden Monkey tracking in Mgahinga, nearby Lake Bunyonyi, and the remote Ishasha sector of QENP. By stopping at Kasese, customers are ideally placed to access both the main sections of QENP and nearby other attractions such as the Rwenzoris, Kibale Forest NP and Fort Portal. With their proposed afternoon schedule, clients could fly back from the Gorillas in Bwindi in the early morning, enjoy lunch overlooking Lake Victoria in Entebbe, and continue onto Murchison Falls National Park in time for an afternoon game drive.

Full details, including pricing and confirmation on whether or not Kisoro will be included as a stop, will be released in due course. Along with Air Kenya’s domestic services in Kenya, and their Tanzania operations, this new service will ‘join the dots’ between some of the key destinations within the region, and offer great opportunities for flying safaris across all of East Africa.

Posted by Anne-Marie Weeden

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