Domestic Flights Airport in Nairobi
Wilson Airport is one of the smallest aviation facilities in the country, and one of the busiest with over 100,000 landings and take offs every year. It links passengers to all major towns of the country as well as remote locations with airstrips. Additionally, it handles international flights.
Business travellers prefer this facility because it has a fast check in time and limited delays. It links passengers to other major aviation facilities located in Kisumu, Eldoret and Mombasa.
Major industries using this facility are the tourism sector, companies in the health industry and agriculture based brands. Tourists can access far-flung attractions like Maasai Mara, Samburu National Reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy among others. Since horticulture is a major economic activity in the countryside, exporters use this airport often as so do the medics when airlifting patients and medical supplies.
It is located about 4km away from the city centre, and 18km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Passengers can drive from the city or from neighbouring counties like Kiambu and Machakos.
Wilson Airport is a hub for a number of airlines such as AirKenya Express, Safarilink, Aircraft Leasing Services and Delta Connection. Safarilink and Airkenya Express have flights to Amboseli National Park, Lamu, Kilimanjaro, Lewa Downs, Nanyuki, Naivasha and Maasai Mara among others. Delta Connect links passengers to Juba, Rumbek and Yei in Sudan while Aircraft Leasing Services has flights to Lokichogio and Lodwar.
The Kenya Airports Authority owns this aviation facility. It has two runways, made of asphalt. This facility also serves as a training centre. Founded in 1933, this facility was known as Nairobi Aerodrome. It was changed to Wilson in 1962, in honour of a Florence Kerr Wilson, who forged the way for Kenya’s aviation industry. The airport began operations in Dagoretti and it was later moved to its present location.