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Airlines cut fares as high demand for travel ends

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A Fly 540 plane prepares to land at the Moi International Airport: The carrier was among airlines whose schedules were disrupted after a military aircraft stalled on the runway on Wednesday morning. FILE PHOTO |

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Summary

  • Domestic airfares from Nairobi have plunged to a low of Sh3,600 one-way as demand for flying falls after a rush during Christmas week that saw tickets rise to Sh17,000 on some routes.
  • Local carriers cut ticket prices in line with the decline in the number of travellers leaving the city after Christmas.
  • Renegade Air charges as low as Sh3,600 for a one-way ticket to Kisumu on a 6.00am flight today), a price that is more than three times lower compared to what it was offering in the run-up to Christmas.

Domestic airfares from Nairobi have plunged to a low of Sh3,600 one-way as demand for flying falls after a rush during Christmas week that saw tickets rise to Sh17,000 on some routes.

Local carriers cut ticket prices in line with the decline in the number of travellers leaving the city after Christmas.

Renegade Air charges as low as Sh3,600 for a one-way ticket to Kisumu on a 6.00am flight today), a price that is more than three times lower compared to what it was offering in the run-up to Christmas.

Safarilink chief executive officer Alex Avedi said the low tickets are due to a fall in demand for passenger travel in the domestic market.

“This is an issue of supply and demand. After New Year, people are back from holiday and therefore demand is not high,” said Mr Avedi.

Kisumu and Mombasa are now the premium routes following the collapse of travel to Kenya’s national parks and reserves on reduced number of tourists.

The Sh3,600 air ticket to Kisumu from Nairobi on Renegade Air is a significant drop from Sh12,100 in December that the budget carrier was charging for a one-way ticket to the lakeside city on the final week to Christmas.

Jambojet will charge Sh6,100 one way to Mombasa today highlighting low demand for air travel after the Christmas season on a route that witnessed high bookings a few weeks ago.

Passengers travelling on Kenya Airways will pay Sh7,525 for one way to Kisumu on Friday with fares declining further this week with tickets set at Sh6,935 to the same destination on selected flights.

Nairobi to Mombasa route, which saw high demand for passengers on Christmas eve, with fares soaring to a high of Sh17,000, has also been hit by low travel.

Fares dropped as low as Sh6,600 for a single ticket.

Local tourists thronged the palm-fringed beaches in Mombasa where they were attracted by discounts on hotel stays in the absence of foreign travellers.

Fly 540 will charge Sh5,950 to Malindi today while tickets for 748 Air Services are at Sh5,350 for the same route.

Airlines reckon that demand for travel during Christmas failed to match last year’s in an economic setting marked by layoffs, job cuts and business closures.