Another firm launches direct flights to Garissa

Monday October 15 2018

Mrash Tours and Travel on Sunday, October 14,

Mrash Tours and Travel on Sunday, October 14, 2018 launched direct flights to Garissa County and is set offer trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays. PHOTO | ABDIMALIK HAJIR | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

ABDIMALIK HAJIR
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A second firm has launched direct flights to Garissa County as travelling companies seek to tap increasing opportunities in the wake of devolution. 

On Sunday, Mrash Tours and Travel launched direct flights to the northeastern county and is set offer trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

The first flight took 17 passengers from Garissa airstrip to Wilson Airport for the 45-minute journey that only costs Sh5,000. Buses usually take six hours to travel to Garissa and charge Sh1,000. 

"I am really encouraged by the number of people who turned up to travel on the first day. I am optimistic that going forward, we will have a much bigger number who will fill the plane," said Mr Mohamed Rashid, the travel agency’s manager. 

Speaking at the launch, Garissa Roads minister Mr Abdi Omar urged more firms to invest in the county, saying there are more business opportunities. 

"As county government, we will give you all our support and provide with necessary environment to do your businesses," he said.

Mr Ahmed Jelle, a local businessman, praised the venture saying sick people will no longer have to travel long distances on the road for emergency treatment. 

The county Trade minister for Trade Mr Adow Jubat also attended the ceremony that was held at the Garissa airstrip. 

On Thursday, the Garissa County Assembly passed an investment and development bill providing a framework to guide investors. 

In January, Freedom Airline also launched its operations and is currently operating on Monday and Fridays every week.

Only 10 days ago, did another firm launch direct flight to Nairobi from Nyeri County. ​