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African Express Airways is a short-haul Kenyan airline established in 1986. The airline is based at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and is the largest privately-owned airline in East Africa, targeting business and leisure travelers.

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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is an international airport in Nairobi, Kenya and the hub airport for African Express Airways. The airport is named after Jomo Kenyatta, the first-ever president and prime minister of Kenya. It is within the top 10 busiest airports within Africa, handling over seven million passengers per year. The airport has one runway and two terminal building, although, Terminal 1 is divided into several different areas.

As well as being the hub for African Express Airways, Jomo Kenyatta International is also the hub for fly540, Jambojet, 748 Air Services and Kenya Airways.


  • 2 McDonnell Douglas MD-82
  • 1 Douglas DC-9-30
  • 1 Bombardier CRJ200LR
  • 1 Embraer EMB 120ER Brasilia
  • 1 Embraer EMB 120RT Brasilia


March 2017

African Express Airways began direct passenger flight to Mogadishu as the reconstruction of the horn of Africa gathers pace. The airline is expected to open up the airspace between Kenya and its war-ravaged neighbor. The airline joins a number of companies and investors that have been attracted by the potential business opportunities in Somalia.

The development comes in the wake of an inter-governmental agreement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Somalia President Mohamed Farmajo on the need to accelerate cooperation and business relations between the two neighbours.

This is the first time that the airline is flying direct from Nairobi- a hub for Somalia investments and businessmen. It also a result of a report by a Kenya government initiative aimed at bridging the gap and reducing non-tariff barriers afflicting the business community.

Currently, only two Airlines are legally allowed to carry passenger airlines on the Kenya-Somalia route.

African Express Airways, which has been on the route for 28 years Nairobi-Mogadishu from Kenya as a national airline and Jubba Airways, which has been keen to take the Somali flag.

The remaining air charter companies may soon be regulated by both Kenya and Somali civil aviation authorities.