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Competition for Nairobi-Kisumu route excites domestic airlines

By Steve Umidha

Aviation firm 748 Air Services Thursday launched new route to Kisumu in a move that now signals a growing competition in the busy route that is also popular with Kenya Airways and its subsidiary Jambo jet.

Other common airlines are Fly 540 and Safarulink among others and bringing to a total of 14 domestic flights to which operate through Kisimu International Airport.

The Nairobi-Kisumu route is among three others, the airline will be launching in the coming months to enable it play an integral role in supporting economic recovery during and post-COVID-19 pandemic by boosting business and leisure tourism.

“We strongly believe, the new route will boost domestic tourism, spur investments and industrialisation as well as catalyse employment creation, reduce poverty rates and lead to sustainable livelihoods in Kisumu County and the larger lake region, said 748 Air Service Chairman Jibril Ahmed.

This is 748 Air Services second domestic route after opening of Maasai Mara route in the last quarter of 2020, with planned routes to Diani, Mombasa and Eldoret next month.

The airline said it is revolutionising service offering in the new routes by ensuring efficiency and passenger safety as part of its bigger commitment to delivering better flight experience to clients.

These are our core strengths. There will be no flight cancellations and delays, 748 Air Services Chairman, Mr. Ahmed Jibril. 748 Air Service is also introducing inflight meals on this route to make passengers feel they are at home even when theyre on the move.

We pride ourselves of being the only airline offering flight on board meals on this route, this is our key differentiator in the market, said Mr. Mwangi.

The airline will be flying from Kisumu International Airport in the morning at 7.30 and evening at 4.30 p.m. from Nairobi’s JKIA, using its newly acquired aircraft, the Dash 8-q400 that carries 78 passengers.

The airline will have inaugural flight tickets ranging from USD 100 for the route or Sh10, 000 return fares.

The announcement comes amid even as Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is set to upgrade Kisumu airport to make it a regional hub with the project to cost over Sh1.2billion, enough to handle over 1million passengers yearly from the current 500,000 presently.

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