After an eventful month which saw the Kenyan aviation regulator(KCAA) impose a ban on its aircraft prompting the suspension of its operations, local low cost carrier Silverstone Air is set to resume operations in March 2020. On return, the airline will move their operations to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) from its current base at the Wilson Airport.
Speaking to the KATA Weekly Travel News Silverstone Air Commercial Director Mr. Patrick Oketch said that contrary to earlier assertions that the airline was closing shop, the management had retreated to work on a strategy that will see them return bigger and better to serve their clients.
He reiterated that the airline’s current focus was to ensure that all passengers that had booked flights prior to the suspension of services are rebooked to other airlines and asked all travel agents that were still holding bookings with the airline to contact them.
KATA CEO Mr. Nicanor Sabula welcomed the news and wished the airline all the best on their relaunch. “Challenges in this industry are part of the process of growth. They are what makes an organisation stronger and better able to mitigate similar problems, should they arise. We wish Silverstone the best and laud them for their plans to make a comeback,” Mr Sabula said.
The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) lifted the week-long suspension it had imposed on Silverstone Air’s Dash 8 Series Aircrafts on November 20. In a statement released to the public on Tuesday by the Director General Capt. Gilbert Kibe, KCAA confirmed that the airline had provided satisfactory corrective measures following comprehensive compliance audits conducted between 24th October and 15th November 2019.
The airline however did not resume operations instead opting to sort out passengers that had booked flights for December through to January.