Garissa County residents can now breathe a sigh of relief after Freedom Airline launched the first flight in the area on Sunday.
The airline will operate only on Mondays and Fridays and will; charge Ksh. 5000 per passenger.
According to Shillow Abukar, the manager of the airline, he decided to venture into the business following numerous requests from the residents.
Speaking to the press after seeing off the first bunch of travellers, Shillow said that the agency will be consistent and urged the residents to travel by air saying that it was faster and more affordable.
The airline intends to make daily trips to and from Garissa but this decision will however depend on the number of passengers.
Fatuma Abdi a nominated MCA from Garissa, who was among those who flew on the first day welcomed it saying that it will go along way that apart from reducing cost, it will also reduce travelling hours.
She challenged them to also start direct flights from Garissa to Mombasa and Lamu saying that many have business interests in the areas but it is hectic to travel by road.
Ahmed Jelle, a local business man, from Garissa said that the sick have always been forced to travel for long distances while being rushed to Nairobi for treatment but this will no longer be the case as they will travel in a more convenient manner.
Two years ago, Sagal Airline launched the operations but did not last long because there were no passengers to sustain its operations.
The residents claimed that the airline was charging an exorbitant price for travel (Ksh. 8,000)