Christmas airline tickets on Nairobi-Mombasa route soar to Sh16,000 one-way


Passengers board a Skyward Express plane from Manda to Nairobi. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NMG

Airlines expect to record improved business during the holiday season with some carriers having full booking on some days ahead of Christmas, setting stage for expensive tickets.

Safarilink chief executive officer Alex Avedi said they have recorded full bookings on some days this December, pointing out that business might not be that gloomy even as the country still struggles with cases of Covid-19 that has reduced demand for flying.

However, he said the aviation industry this December is far from reaching the levels where it was in the corresponding period last year in terms of passenger numbers.

“We might not get to where we were last year but the business is encouraging so far with some of the days having been fully booked this December,” said Mr Avedi.

Jambojet chief executive officer Ndegwa Karanja in an earlier interview said the demand appears to be good this December but the numbers will remain low compared to the same time last year.

A Nairobi-Mombasa flight on Jambojet on December 23 would go for a high of Sh14,100 and a low of Sh10,000 with the Christmas Eve attracting the highest fares of Sh16,100 for a one-way ticket. A person going to Mombasa today would pay Sh6,100.

Fly540 will charge a low of Sh10,540 on Mombasa route on December 24 with a high of Sh15,540 for a one-way ticket to the coastal town. A traveller to the lakeside city of Kisumu would pay Sh8,40 on the same date.

On December 24, one will have to part with Sh9,100 to Kisumu, a significant increase from the low fares of Sh4,100 that one would pay today for a single-way ticket.

On the same day, a person seeking to travel to Malindi will have to part with not less than Sh15,100 to make the journey on Jambojet.

The Madaraka Express trains are recording almost full capacity as the economy gradually reverts to normalcy and hotels start receiving bookings for the festive season.