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Skyward Express Limited is an African airline based at Nairobi Wilson Airport in Nairobi. The airline operates scheduled passenger services to Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Eldoret, Lodwar, Wajir and Mandera. Plans are in place to add further destinations in the future.  


Skyward Express's 5 star air charter service and scheduled passenger service is distinguished by its unrivalled customer service, safety record, reliability and quality. The airline was founded in 2013 by a group of local pilots and investors and is now recognised as the premier charter company in the Kenya and Eastern African aviation industry. Skyward Express began operations withs a Fokker 50 and started ad hoc charters to and from Keyna, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South SUdan and Somalia. 


Over the past 4 years Skyward Express has grown to a total fleet size of 11 aircrafts, including: 1 Fokker 100, 7 Fokker 50s, 2 Dash-8-300s and 1 CRJ. There are further plans in place for the future to expand the fleet size with the acquistion of additional aircrafts. In 2015, Skyward Express secured loans from local Kenyan Banks for the lease of 3 Dash-8-300s. These aircrafts are used to expand the airline's business and further into the scheduled services sector. 




Skyward Express offers a maximum permitted weight for Checked Baggage of 20 kgs inclusive of hand luggage.  Passengers will be required to pay an extra charge for carriage of Baggage in excess of the free Baggage allowance (as stipulated in our terms and conditions). These rates are available from us upon request from time to time.



Free Baggage Allowance

You can carry the applicable Baggage free of charge subject to our conditions and limitations; the maximum permitted weight for Checked Baggage is 20 inclusive of hand luggage.

Items in excess of that weight will not be accepted for carriage as Checked Baggage. Priority will always be given to carriage of Checked Baggage within the applicable free Baggage allowance.

Excess Baggage

You will be required to pay an extra charge for carriage of Baggage in excess of the free Baggage allowance (as stipulated in our terms and conditions). These rates are available from us upon request from time to time

Carriage of excess Baggage is subject to available space on your flight.




24th January 2018

Airplanes grounded in Kenya

Skyward express is among the affected airlines by the grounding of flights n Kenya. Miraa traders are counting losses running into millions of shillings after the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) yesterday grounded three planes scheduled to ferry the product to Somalia. Drama ensued at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) as traders tried to convince KCAA officers to clear the aircraft.


The Wilson Airport-based airlines, allegedly flouted regulations by operating as cargo planes yet they are licensed to carry passengers. Investigations by People Daily established that the three different airlines were blocked from flying by two KCAA inspectors at 5am. They had camped at the facility since midnight on Wednesday. More than 30 tonnes of miraa, which is perishable, delivered at the airport on Wednesday evening was yet to be cleared for export by yesterday. The airlines operators accused KCAA officers of colluding with their rivals to frustrate them.


“We have now incurred a loss of not less than Sh50 million. It is very unfair for Kenya Civil Aviation Authority to make such unjustified drastic move without notification. We have cargo and passenger licenses issued by the same authority.


This is a great contradiction. We are aware it is because of business interests,” said an operator who sought anonymity said. Although the three airlines claimed to have both passenger and cargo licences, they were categorised as non-compliant. Other airlines affected were Buff Air and Ruduf, who were also scheduled to ferry the perishable twigs to various destinations in Somalia and Somaliland including Mogadishu, Jowhar, Galkayo, Lasaanod, Garowe.


The incident comes barely a week after KCAA director general Captain Macharia Kibe toured Wilson Airport and inspected all cargo and passenger planes. Early this week, a team of investigators were deployed to probe claims that some operators at Wilson and JKIA were flouting cargo carriage rules.


21st April 2017

Low cost airline Skyward Express to boost coastal tourism

A traveller alights from Skyward Express upon arrival at Manda airstrip in Lamu. Low cost airline Skyward Express Limited has expressed optimism that faster connectivity to the Lamu archipelago destination would boost the region’s economy. The airline has introduced direct flights from Mombasa to Lamu.

Speaking at the Pride Inn Paradise Beach Resort & Convention Centre, on Friday, the firm’s General Manager Mr Abdulahi Mohamed said they are committed to serving the business community and tourists alike. It has introduced a daily air service that originates from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. He said this during a dinner hosted for stakeholders in the tourism industry. “This was a risk worth taking. Since our inaugural flight on March 31, 2017, we have been recording full flights on the route from Mombasa and vice versa,” the GM said. Skyward Express Limited has deployed a Bombadier Dash 8-300 for the route. Mombasa Senator, Hassan Omar who was the chief guest at the function commended the owners for choosing to start the service. 


20th April 2017

Having secured its Air Services Licence (ASL) from the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA)...
Having secured its Air Services Licence (ASL) from the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) in January, the start-up has now sourced Fokker 50s 5Y-JWZ (msn 20208) and 5Y-JWX (msn 20209) to operate commercial services. Plans are also afoot to add two Dash 8-400s by May 2017.

According to a Kenyan government gazette issued in January, Jetways Airlines is licenced to operate scheduled domestic Kenyan passenger flights as well as chartered passenger and cargo flights within Kenya. Route authorities granted include:

Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta and Nairobi Wilson to/from each of: 

Eldoret, Mombasa, Wajir, Kisumu, Marsabit, Mandera, Lodwar, Lokichoggio, Garissa, Dabaab, and Moyale using Fokker 50 and Fokker 100 equipment. It is also allowed to conduct chartered passenger and cargo flights to Eastern, Central, Southern, and North Africa as well as the Middle East.


April 2017

Skyward Express expressed optimism that faster connectivity to the Lamu archipelago destination would boost the region’s economy

The airline has introduced direct flights from Mombasa to Lamu. It had originally introduced a daily air service that originates from Nairobi's Wilson Airport. Skyward Express offers the following services: Scheduled Passenger Services, Commercial Cargo Services, Private Charter Services, ACMI Lease, Humanitarian and Relief Services and Evacuations. 



March 2017

Skyward Express will introduce daily flights to Lamu and Mombasa from March 31st

Skyward Express will also introduce a flight between Lamu and Mombasa. The airline will have both morning and afternoon flights.

The airline operates from Wilson Airport and handles cargo, charter and scheduled passenger flights with Dash 8 and Fokker 50 Seater aircraft. They also fly to Eldoret, Wajir, Malindi and Lodwar.





Wilson Airport

HUB Airport


Wilson Airport is a local airport in Nairobi, Kenya and operates flights to many regional airports.

Wilson Airport is the hub airport for Airkenya Express, Safarilink and Delta Connections. Other airlines which fly to and from Wilson Airport include Airkenya Express, Fly SAX and Safarilink
















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Skyward Express is an established airline operating from Wilson Airport, handling cargo, charter and scheduled passenger flights with our new modern Dash 8 and Fokker 50 Seater aircrafts. We are a business enterprise committed to the basic objective of providing safe, reliable and convenient air transport services for passenger and cargo as well as the provision of aviation related services including charter flights. The airline pledges to develop its network with expansion into local and regional flights with the aim of opening up the East African region and linking it with the rest of the world. Skyward Express is committed to the provision of quality service to its customers. In order to ensure this, we will strive to maintain a highly trained, motivated and dedicated workforce with stringent compliance to flight safety, reliability, quality service and competitiveness whilst maintaining our identity. Our staff possesses extensive industry experience and a profound command of pertinent methods and skills.

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