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Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > January-March 2020 (89) > ALEX AVEDI


The recently-appointed boss of Kenyan safari airline Safarilink talks about staying true to the company’s founding principles and his dream of an African airspace open to all

Nothing gets you in the safari spirit quite like boarding a tiny six-seater aircraft at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport for the short hop to a grassy airstrip in the middle of the Maasai Mara. Since it was founded in 2004, Safarilink Aviation has plied the routes to Kenya’s most celebrated wildlife parks. “Safari is in our DNA”, says Alex Avedi, who took over as chief executive in the middle of last year. It has been an extraordinary shift for Avedi, from a 12-year stint as a senior executive at national airline Kenya Airways to a small carrier which has at its core a charter business flying clients to remote destinations.

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