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Fly540 is East Africa's premier low cost airline offering low fares on scheduled flights all year round to destinations within Kenya, South Sudan and Zanzibar. Also see Fly-SAX


Fly540 is headquartered in Nairobi and operating from Jomo Kenyatta International and Wilson Airport, the airline flies to Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu, Lodwar, Malindi, Mombasa and across the border to Juba and Zanzibar.


The airline was established in 2005 and started flying in November 2006. In 2010, Fly540 expanded its operations internationally with services flying to Tanzania and South Sudan.


Fly540 has an international interline agreement with Qatar Airways where Fly540 offers an inbound interline service for passengers arriving in Kenya. Fly540 also has an agreement with Fly-SAX, which is Kenya's premier safari and private charter airline.




Fly540 News


19th December 2017

Fly540 to launch weekly Lokichar flight next year

Airline operator Fly540 will start flying the Lokichar route next year as it seeks to grow revenue from the oil exploration activity in the region.

The company says the weekly flight to Kapese airstrip is meant to reopen up Turkana by offering air transport between Lokichar and Nairobi.

The company’s corporate and industry affairs director, Nixon Ooko, says they will offer transport to firms involved in the oil business.

“We want to open up Turkana to the rest of the world and want to do this by introducing flights to Kapese airstrip in Turkana,” said Mr Ooko. It will deploy a 37-seater on the route.

Safarilink flies from Wilson Airport to the Lodwar airstrip via Kapese with a five weekly flight since September 2014. The opening of Kapese airstrip, which is mainly used by oil explorer Tullow, came as a relief to travellers who initially had to land in Lodwar town before making a 150km trip back to Lokichar. Fly 540 has a Lodwar route.

Astral Aviation, an international cargo aircraft, plans to start a two weekly cargo flight from JKIA to Kapese as soon as next month.

Sanjeev Gadhia, the managing director of Astral, says Kapese presents a good business opportunity that will enable the company to deliver goods and services to the oil and gas workers.


18th July 2017

Fly 540, Fly SAX begin operations at Isiolo Airport

Two local airlines, Fly 540 and Fly SAX, have set up offices at Isiolo International Airport ahead of its opening for domestic flights.

The airport was scheduled for commissioning early this year but this did not happen as runway pavements were being worked on due to poor drainage.

The move is now awaiting a greenlight from the Kenya Civil Association Authority (KCAA).

Investors in the agriculture, tourism and livestock sectors from surrounding counties are eying huge benefits following completion of the facility.

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), miraa farmers, exporters and tourism stakeholders on Monday expressed optimism that the Sh1.7 billion infrastructure will be a boon for their businesses.


Mr Isiah Miriti, a miraa grower, said the airport will ease transportation of the twigs locally and in the region.

He called on the government to fast-track opening of new markets for the crop as well as reclamation of European market for full utilisation of the airport.



24th May 2017

Fly540 has taken delivery of its maiden Dash 8-300. The former InterSky turboprop was positioned from Maastricht to Kenya via Montpellier, Malta, and Alexandria Borg el Arab.

Fly540 is a Kenyan low-cost carrier operating two CRJ-100s, two CRJ-200s, and one Dash 8-100 on scheduled passenger flights throughout Kenya as well as to Juba (South Sudan), Mogadishu (Somalia), Moroni Int'l (Comoros), and Zanzibar.





Fly540 allows passengers to check in one bag weighing up to 20kg. Hand luggage must be no larger than 56 x 45 x 25 cm. Fly540 operates modern aircraft including Bombardier, Canadair, DC-9 and Fokker F28. In 2012, Fly540 was sold to Fastjet Plc for $85.7 million.





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Flying to Africa? Why not try Fly540? Fly540 are ones of Africa's leading low cost airlines and is backed by the giant 100 year old investment and mining conglomerate Lonrho PLC and Fly540 plans to become the first pan-African low cost carrier operating to British safety standards. Flights to MombassaThe airline with its headquarters in the Kenyan capital Nairobi began operations between Nairobi International Airport (Jomo Kenyatta) and Kenya's second largest city and premier port Mombassa on 24th November 2006. By the summer of 2009 Fly540 were already moving over 20,000 passengers a month and operating to nine airports in Kenya as well as to eleven international destinations including Entebbe in Uganda and Zanzibar in Kilimanjaro. Nairobi international airport is one of the busiest in eastern and central Africa and is only 9.3 miles from the central business district. The Mombassa highway runs adjacent to the airport, it has one terminal that was constructed in the 1970,s, the old terminal building is now used as a cargo hub and as a training facility for the Kenya Air Force. Fly540 combine a strong emphasis on quality customer service with a no-frills business concept. The senior management team comprises of highly qualified Kenyan staff with many years experience of both international and domestic airlines. Fly540's Chief Executive Officer is Don Smith and Neil Steffen, a former British Airways Regional Manager, is the Chief Operating Officer. Nixon Ooko who worked for 24 years in British Airways and held senior positions in both Kenya and South Africa holds the post of Operations Director. Explore Afirca with Fly540 With Fly540's expanding network Africa has simply become so accessible to everyone. Their network includes Tanzania, Burundi, Angola, Ghana and Zimbabwe. They operate daily domestic flights to Mombassa as well as the western tourist circuits of Kisimu, Eldoret and Kitale plus the renowned Maasi Mara game reserve which was featured in the BBC TV wildlife programme "Big Cat Diary" Daily dlights from Nairobi to Zanzibar are becoming increasingly popular and the Nairobi to Kilimajaro route has been linked with daily services to Lake Manyara and Serengeti for the growing number of adventure seeking holidaymakers who wish to combine game viewing in the NgorongoroCrater and Serengeti with climbing Mount Kilimajaro. Travel the world with Fly540 Fly540 are a great company afforing a fast, friendly and affordable service. Their hub is Nairobi, Africa operating to Zanzibar, Dar Es Salaam and Burundi. Fly540 operate scheduled flights from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport. Fly540 operate daily flights to Mombasa, kilimanjaro, grumeti, seronera, manyara, samburu, amboseli, eldoret, diani, kisumu, kitale, kakamega, lodwar, entebbe, Dar Es Salaam and three times a week Fly540 operate to meru, Bujumbura and Mwanza. To find out more about the Fly540 network routes and services then call the Fly540 reservations team on 0871 6443365, where our friendly team will be able to help you with all your Fly540 needs Their current fleet is fairly mixed: 1 CRJ-200 aircraft with a capapcity seating for 50 passengers 3 ATR 42-320 aircraft with a capacity seating for 46 passengers 1 Dash 8-102 aircraft with a seating capacity for 37 passengers 2 Beechcraft 1900D with a seating capacity for 19 passengers 1 cargo Fokker F27 aircraft The new CRJ aircraft has initially been deployed on the Nairobi to Entebbe route and has enabled Fly540 to reduce the flying time between the two capital cities to just 50 minutes. Further CRJ aircraft and new turboprops are planned to join the fleet in 2010-2011 African DessertThe food Africa will certainly get your taste buds all of a quivver. You can enjoy steam-cooked rice infused with the wonderful herbs and spices that are so abundant in Africa. Steamed bananas are also used as starch fillers in some dishes. Book a flight on Fly540 - with Alternative Airlines With more than 25 years of experience, Alternative Airlines has become a specialist in arranging flights to the more unusual destinations around the world - places that are rarely served by mainstream airlines. If you're considering a trip to Africa, we can help you [plan your journey. Your reservation will be confirmed immediately and you can rest assured that the price you pay includes all taxes and other charges. To book a flight on Fly540, simply use our search took to provide the details of your journey and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch - we can also help you keep up to date with the latest travel new for your journey. To find out more about the Fly540 network routes and services then call the Fly540 reservations team on 0871 6443365, where our friendly team will be able to help you with all your Fly540 needs. Phone: 0871 6443365 to speak to our friendly Fly540 reservations team, our offices are open 7 days a week from 0800 to 2000hrs


Kenya's dynamic low cost carrier, Fly540, has acquired a Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200 and its first regional route for the CRJ-200 will be from Nairobi to Entebbe.

Fly540 of Kenya, has bought rival East African Safari Express

Nairobi based, expanding regional low cost carrier Fly 540 has bought local competitor East African Safari Air Express.

Fly540 opens new route Nairobi to Kagamega

Fly540has launched new flights between Kakamega and its base at Nairobi  International Airport.

Fly540 to Launch Dar es Salaam - Nairobi Direct Flights

  Fly 540 Tanzania will on Monday launch direct flights between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam with a 50 seater CRJ 100 jet aircraft.


Fly540 is East Africa’s premier low cost airline offering low fares on scheduled flights all year round to destinations within Kenya, South Sudan and Zanzibar. 


Headquartered in Nairobi and operating from Jomo Kenyatta International and Wilson Airports, Fly540 Kenya flies to Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu, Lodwar, Malindi, Mombasa and across the border to Juba and Zanzibar. We believe that our passengers should not only enjoy affordable, safe and comfortable air travel, but also consistent and excellent customer service. 

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