The United Kingdom has issued a travel advisory to its citizens over the use of airlines that operate from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport following increased cases of flight mishaps.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) urged British nationals to review the safety records of planes that mostly serve domestic and regional routes before boarding them.
“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.
“The airport is mainly used for domestic flights, including charters. Be vigilant at all times when transiting airports.”
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) recently opened a probe following an increase in cases of flight incidents involving local airlines.
The mishaps involving Wilson Airport-based light aircraft have exposed laxity in enforcing safety rules by the aviation regulator.
The latest incident happened last Tuesday, where a SafariLink plane carrying 10 passengers skidded off the runway after a wheel burst.