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Domestic air travel fares double on high demand

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Domestic air travel fares double on high demand


Passengers disembark from a Jambojet plane at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Kenya Airways ticket price have shot to Sh10, 050 on Mombasa and Kisumu routes from a low of Sh5, 000 when the flights resumed on Sunday.
  • KQ, which started with two flights to Mombasa and one in Kisumu on Sunday, has so far added additional flights on these routes.

The cost of domestic flights has doubled on some routes since Sunday when the air travel resumed after the lockdown as airlines record high demand, forcing carriers to increase frequencies on different routes.

Kenya Airways ticket price have shot to Sh10, 050 on Mombasa and Kisumu routes from a low of Sh5, 000 when the flights resumed on Sunday.

KQ, which started with two flights to Mombasa and one in Kisumu on Sunday, has so far added additional flights on these routes.

Curbs on travel in the Nairobi and four surrounding counties were lifted Saturday following the easing of restrictions that saw a reopening of bars and restaurants, religious services and schools as the rate of infections eases.

Budget carrier Jambojet was charging Sh4,600 on Sunday in almost all the routes but the fares have so far gone up to Sh6,100, reflecting a 32.6 percent jump.

KQ will now operate up to six flights on Mombasa route with the Kisumu journey having been scaled up to two. Jambojet is operating four flights a day to Mombasa and two to the lakeside city and Eldoret (two).

“We are increasing the frequencies of our domestic flights. Fly three times a daily with us from May 4 and six times daily from May from May 7 from Nairobi to Mombasa,” said Kenya Airways.

Jambojet said the demand for flying has so far picked when compared with Sunday when they resumed their operations.

“We have seen the demand going up compared with Sunday when we started, there is a growth in bookings…

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