AirKenya suspends flights to Olkiombo airstrip in Maasai Mara


AirKenya suspends flights to Olkiombo airstrip in Maasai Mara
AirKenya plane. Photo/Courtesy

In Summary

  • Confirming the suspension, the airline's Communications Manager Cheryl Pedersen advised people with active bookings to the area to pick an alternative airstrip.
  • Olkiombo airstrip has faced several challenges in the past.
  • In 2016, AirKenya confirmed its imminent closure for major maintenance affecting the travel schedule of many of travelers.

AirKenya on Tuesday suspended all flights to Olkiombo airstip located in the Maasai Mara National Reserve due to the poor state of the airstrip.

Confirming the suspension, the airline’s Communications Manager Cheryl Pedersen advised people with active bookings to the area to pick an alternative airstrip.

“If you are holding bookings to Olkiombo kindly amend drop/pick up to an alternative airstrip, Keekorok or Musiara for example,” said Pedersen.

Olkiombo airstrip has faced several challenges in the past.

In 2016, AirKenya confirmed its imminent closure for major maintenance affecting the travel schedule of many of travelers.

Olkiombo airstrip sits near the north eastern border of Masai Mara national reserve, between the Talek and Olare Orok rivers.

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