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Sky Aero refutes rumors of crackdown by Kenya’s aviation authorities

Startup carrier Sky Aero, based at Nairobi’s JKIA, has refuted rumors that its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) has been revoked by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.

The airline which operates a 100 seat DC-9 began flights between Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu on 22 May 2014.

In an exclusive statement to our reporter, a top Sky Aero executive accused some online-based news outlets of reporting about the airline without checking the facts.

“Yes we saw the report on the internet. I do not know who the reporter was but certainly had not checked the facts,” says Shaun Dewey, Chief Operating Officer at Sky Aero.

Dewey denied that the airline’s Air Operator Certificate has been revoked. “Sky Aero has never applied for, or ever held a Kenyan AOC,” he explained.

Unlike other air operators, Sky Aero began with very little publicity. The airline does not advertise and its website is currently inaccessible. Sky Aero is barely known outside of the aviation community.

Mr. Dewey told us that the Sky Aero DC-9 has been leased out. “The Sky Aero aircraft is on dry lease to Aerospace Consortium Limited,” he said.

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