Flying domestic in Kenya is about to get very competitive for airlines and the game changer is not a new carrier but a train service.
News on Kenya’s spanking new standard gauge railway is that the operator is “full steam” ahead for a June 1 launch of a passenger and cargo rail service.
The service may not be by electric or bullet trains, but the diesel powered locomotives will be faster than the rickety colonial era relic the SGR is replacing. And the long term wishes of travellers to reduce the travel time between Kenya’s busiest city pair (in terms of passenger movement) of Nairobi and Mombasa will be actualised.
The promised four-and-a-half-hour train ride between the two cities does not only have direct implications for how we travel on the surface but is also bound to affect flying.