Air fares from Kisumu to Nairobi have nearly tripled mainly on increased demand by passengers who are attending this year’s Madaraka Day celebrations graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in the lakeside town.
A spot check showed that national carrier, Kenya Airways, will today charge Sh17,885 for a seat on its 7pm flight from Kisumu to Nairobi, up from Sh6,500 last week. The airline will charge Sh14,540 for a ticket on its earlier flights from Kisumu at 10am and 5pm.
KQ’s low-cost subsidiary, Jambojet, has also raised its air fare from Kisumu and is charging Sh8,100 for a seat, rising from last week’s Sh4,600.
There are no flight listings for today on the website of low-cost airline Fly 540 — an indication that it is fully booked.
The 58th Madaraka celebrations have made Kisumu the most expensive domestic route this week, surpassing the coastal region one that has traditionally topped the pricing list.
Jambojet confirmed an upsurge in seat demand due to the national event today in Kisumu which is attended Burundi President, Evariste Ndayishimiye as the chief guest.
“We have seen increased movement of people to Kisumu because of the celebrations and this is what has pushed up the cost,” the airline said in a statement.
Apart from the dignitaries and other guests, there is also demand for seats by a large number of passengers who had extended their weekend stay in the lakeside town.
Similar high demand for air travel was reported yesterday as guests and dignitaries flew into Kisumu from Nairobi, leading to increased fares.
A one-way ticket to Kisumu from Nairobi on a KQ flight went for Sh9,500 since yesterday, a substantial rise from last week’s 5,500 while Jambojet ferried passengers into Kisumu for Sh7,100 a seat, up from Sh4,600 last week.
For instance, it will cost a passenger travelling to Mombasa today a low of Sh6,515 in the…