Direct and Indirect flight routes to Kenya:
- British Airways not only manages direct flights from London Heathrow to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport but also conducts indirect flights from London Gatwick. British Airways is also the main operator and user’s choice for Manchester to Jomo Kenyatta Airport.
- Besides British Airways that is, only Kenya Airways operates direct flights from London to Kenya. This reputable airline also connects London Gatwick with Kenya and carries the bulk of passengers to their target destination. In addition to those, Kenya Airways also conducts indirect flights from Birmingham to Nairobi, Birmingham to Mombasa as well as Manchester to Mombasa flights.
- KLM is another main competitor for indirect flights to Kenya from London (both Heathrow and Gatwick), Birmingham and Manchester. It is also a carrier of choice for flights to Mombasa; KLM serves indirect routes from both Birmingham and Manchester.
- Lufthansa flights for Jomo Kenyatta International Airport take off from different airports including London Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester with stopovers at Frankfurt. Lufthansa also operates indirect flights to Mombasa from Birmingham as well as Manchester.
- Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines and Air France make connecting flights from London Heathrow to NBO with their respective stopovers at Cairo, Addis Ababa and Paris.
- It’s wise to consider Turkish Airlines, considering their competence and consistency, as another good option for indirect flights from Manchester to Mombasa.
- The same goes for Emirates Airlines managing indirect flights from Birmingham to Kenya.
Most travelled Routes from UK to Kenya
- London Heathrow to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
- London Heathrow to Mombasa (MBA) via Amsterdam and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO).
Average Flight Duration from UK to Kenya:
The serpentine dynamic of indirect itineraries has rendered flight duration dependent upon variables such as the route opted for, time spent at stopovers and the like. Here is a general idea of how long it typically takes for the airlines mentioned above to reach their target destinations.
- British Airways operates direct flights to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from London Heathrow in what may be called the shortest possible time stretch of 8.5 hours. British Airways flies from Heathrow to Kenya via Lagos as well with a total flight time of 16 hours and 5 minutes whereas the same airline operates a different route via Accra which touches down on the Kenyan soil after 14 hours and 20 minutes. Their connecting flights to Kenya from London Gatwick however complete within 12 hours.
- The flag-carrier Kenya Airways also takes a mere 8h 30 minutes for a direct flight from London Heathrow to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport making it the only airline besides British Airways to operate the shortest route. Flights with Kenya Airways flying by way of Amsterdam usually take no longer than 11 hours to reach Nairobi. It also runs a two-stop Birmingham to Mombasa flight which takes 13 h and 15 minutes generally.
- Flights with Ethiopian Airlines getting airborne from London Heathrow connect at Addis Ababa before reaching capital of Kenya. The total time period is 11h and 25 mins but can vary depending on the stretch of the layover.
- KLM serving London airports and managing indirect flights to Kenya touchdown after 11 or 12 hours (minimum) of airborne experience. With KLM it’s something like 10 hours for an indirect flight from Birmingham to Nairobi. Like Kenya Airways before, KLM also operates Birmingham to Mombasa flights, again involving two stopovers and covering well within 13 h 15 minutes. A likely 10 hours and 35 minutes of flight duration is to be expected with KLM flying from Manchester en route to Kenya.
- Airbuses operated by Lufthansa reach Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from London in about 10 h and 40 mins, there or thereabouts.
- Manchester to Mombasa flights with Turkish Airlines surprisingly take less time than that one-stop journey with Lufthansa. Turkish Airlines complete the journey roughly within 13 h 35 minutes via Istanbul and Mount Kilimanjaro. It also flies from the London Gatwick heading for Nairobi and professionally manages it within 12 hours.
- Pressure builds when stopovers turn out to be long hauls and so Emirates Airlines with its generally longer stretch may not be worthwhile if your schedule is not that flexible.
Weekly Flight Schedule of Airlines Flying to Kenya:
- Ethiopian Airlines rank highest for conducting maximum number of flights from London Heathrow to Kenya; a total of 28 flights per week.
- Then comes KLM with 11 flights per week, British Airways with 7, Kenya Airways with 6 and Lufthansa with 3 flights per week.
- Lufthansa manages its weekly agenda for Birmingham to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with 18 flights per week whereas KLM only flies five times for the said destination.
- British Airways takes off on eight different flights from Manchester to Kenya while Lufthansa on 6 and KLM on 2.
- Another favourite route- London to Mombasa- is populated by Kenya Airways with a sum total of 63 flights per week
- Turkish Airlines with a total of 28 flights per week. Ethiopian Airlines fly a dozen times for the same destination but along its own itinerary via Addis Ababa.
Free Baggage Allowance on Flights to Kenya from Major UK Airports:
Airlines ensure the precise evaluation of your luggage and are not so tolerant when it comes to extra suitcases or auxiliary kits, unless you pay them for the extra that is. Make sure your stuff is properly tucked in and that the zipper runs smoothly.
- With British Airways, it is one piece of 23 kg as the maximum allowance per passenger for Economy. Business Class travellers, however, have the luxury to bring 2 pieces of free luggage weighing 32kg each but not more.
- KLM allows one piece of 23 kg for Economy Class and 2 pieces of 32kg each for Business Class. The weight of hand baggage must not exceed 12 kg for the former class and 18kg for the latter. A gram extra and charges will apply!
- Lufthansa sets limits for free check-in luggage as 1 piece of 23kg for Economy Class and 2 pieces of 32kg each for Business Class.
- In line with global aviation standards Kenya Airways allows 2 pieces of 23kg each to those travelling in Economy Class whereas 2 pieces of 32kg each are passable for passengers travelling in Business Class.
Kenya- Major Attractions and Sites to See:
What’s the most remarkable thing you see when sightseeing in Kenya? This phrase ‘most remarkable’ occurs time and time again during the entire transit across this jumble of lakes, mountains and safariscapes. Only a few decades ago, when the higher-ups formulated to stage a tourist destination complete with plazas, beach resorts and game reserves, Kenya nearly trumped its neighbours and added to the tourism-driven ratings in the African region. Kenya today, to borrow a better ex
Nairobi National Park is an hour’s drive from the main city whereas Amboseli National Park is four hours away from the capital. Masai Mara National Reserve is by far the best Kenya has to offer but is also farther from the previous two. However distance is futile for safari lovers.
Lake Turkana, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Lake Victoria, among others, are some of the best (and coolest) spots for hanging out during this stay. A mix of foreign and local Swahili experience can be seen in Mombasa; famous for its beaches while the Zanzibar Island is simply put a vacationer’s paradise. Mount Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elgon are further natural attractions to consume those leftover hours.
Best Time to Book Flights:
Though it goes without saying but the best time to visit is when the climate is not just bearable but actually enjoyable. From July till late September the temperature hangs between 23 and 25 degrees. A clear sky means loyalty towards schedule and likewise those local festivals you are so much looking forward to are not interrupted by an unexpected downpour.
Annual Events and Celebrations:
The Annual StoryMoja Hay Festival, Cake Festival and Nairobi’s Africa Nouveau are culture relevant events that are not mere spectacles but highly interactive experiences within the capital. Other engaging events include the Mombasa Carnival and the Lake Turkana Festival. And above all is the epic wildebeest migration that actually draws in those hordes of tourists.
Hotel and Accommodation Options:
Accommodations naturally becomes the first of concerns and should you find yourself travelling without being sponsored by any friend or family, press your luck for short-term rentals, bread & breakfasts, hostels or inexpensive apartments. Word to the wise, freeloading is not advised. Leading names among Kenya’s hospitality industry are:
- Nairobi Serena Hotel
- Intercontinental Hotel
- Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
- Nairobi Safari club
Whereas these are the quality service providers in Mombasa:
- Mombasa Serena Hotel
- Whitesands Beach Hotel
- Voyager Beach Resort
- Bamburi Beach Hotel
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Handy tips To Know before your departure flight to Kenya!
- The main airports in Kenya are Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, Moi International Airport Mombasa, Eldoret International Airport, Kisumu International Airport and Malindi Airport.
- Flight frequency at Jomo Kenyatta Intl Airport: Each week more than 200 domestic and more than 2000 international flights depart from the airport.
- Flight frequency at Moi International Airport: More than 140 internation flight departures are observed at this airport every week.
- Direct flights to Kenya are operated by Kenya Airways and British Airways from London Heathrow.
- Kenya Airways operates one direct flight and four flights via Amsterdam to Kenya each day.
- Ethiopian Airlines offers three flights daily to Kenya from London Heathrow and they take off in the evening.
- The lowest flight time taken between Kenya and United Kingdom is almost 9 hours and fifteen minuted.
- The time difference between Kenya and United Kingdom is 3 hours.
- You choose to fly to Kenya with Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates and SN Brussels Airlines.
- 1 GBP equals to 142 Kenyan Shilling.
- The lowest airfare for Kenya The lowest airfare for flying to Kenya starts from £359 from London Gatwick.
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FAQs about Kenya
I want to visit Kenya for a family vacation but I'm unaware of what is the best time of the year to do so.
Kenya is an African destination you can visit all round the year. The main season for tourists to fly to Kenya is in January and February. During this season the weather is hot and dry which is normally thought of as quite pleasant. This is known to be the best time to view the birds as this is considered as the time when flocks of birds are seen to arrive in the Rift Valley.
If you somehow don't get to travel in the season above then during the months June to September the weather will also be dry. If you want to be in Kenya while the rainy season is on then you should visit the country during the months of March to May. This is the time when you get to find accommodations available quite easily and at affordable prices as the things are slow paced during this time frame.