African Safari Club has launched its own scheduled flight to Kenya for the rest of the winter season.

The African Safari Airways flight departed on Saturday and will now run weekly from Gatwick to Mombasa until April 26.

The operator had originally been using Monarch flights but they were pulled for the rest of the winter season in January following ongoing rioting in the wake of the country’s rigged presidential elections. More than 1,000 Kenyans have died in the ensuing violence.

Director of sales, marketing and business development Daniel Sykes said: “Following the cancellation of all UK registered charter flights to Kenya, hundreds of our
existing customers have been left without flights.

“All of our hotels are situated along the coast, some distance north of Mombasa, and we are in constant liaison with our hotel managers, who have reported that since the unrest begun all has remained calm and customers are enjoying their holidays.

“The majority of our existing customers who have been contacted are happy that their holidays are still going ahead. Further to this, we are also able to offer flights and holidays to those who have had their holidays cancelled by other tour operators who are no longer flying.”