Silverstone Air suspends operations on three routes over poor performance


Silverstone Air suspends operations on three routes over poor performance
A Silverstone Airlines plane. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • In the suspended routes, which include; Nairobi--Homa Bay, Nairobi--Wajir & Nairobi--Lodwar, the embattled airline has recorded below par performance.
  • The Homa Bay route was launched two months ago, but has been unable to break even following stiff competition and online attack following a number of accidents that have hit the local airline.

Silverstone Air has suspended flights to three destinations in the country citing poor economic performance.

In the suspended routes, which include; Nairobi–Homa Bay, Nairobi–Wajir & Nairobi–Lodwar, the embattled airline has recorded below par performance.

The Homa Bay route was launched two months ago, but has been unable to break even following stiff competition and online attack following a number of accidents that have hit the local airline.

Silverstone Air launched flights to Lodwar in January 2018 while the Wajir route was launched in June this year ostensibly to target traders and tourists.

This comes amid an ongoing audit on Silverstone Air Services by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) following a series of air incidents and a recent accident involving the airline’s planes.

Last week, a plane belonging to Silverstone Air was forced to make an emergency landing at Eldoret International Airport, after a tyre fell off during take-off.

Barely 24 hours before the tyre incident, a Silverstone aircraft hit and damaged another plane at the Wilson Airport in Nairobi on Sunday morning.

About two weeks ago, the same airline hit headlines for the wrong reasons after one of its planes skidded off the runway and crash landed shortly after take-off at Wilson Airport.

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