The UK has delivered a travel advisory to its citizens over the use of aircraft that operate at Wilson Airport in Nairobi following several mishaps by Silverstone air and safarilink air.
In a additional travel guidance, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) urged its citizens to review the safety records of aircraft that mostly serve internal and regional routes—ahead of boarding.
Passenger traffic at Wilson Airport rose by 27.8 percent to an all -time high of 528,000 passenger in 2017, from 413, 146 in 2016, official data shows. Traffic to the airport, Kenya’s second busiest, has increased by 53 percent to 100, 000 in 2017 from 65,000 in 2008.
Kenya’s aviation sector has in recent weeks been plagued by incidents involving at least three planes, prompting a probe by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA)—the regulator.
“If you plan to charter a private aircraft, check with the company’s safety pilot about the condition of the aircraft and runways to be used. If the company has no safety pilot, find another company that does,” the FCO said in a statement on Friday.