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Fly540 to resume direct flights from Kisumu after Covid grounding

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Fly540 to resume direct flights from Kisumu after Covid grounding


Fly540 staff board a plane at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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  • The airline will fly once a day, compared to the two daily flights it operated before the coronavirus outbreak that forced it to suspend operations on the route last year.
  • Passengers traveling to Kisumu from Nairobi will pay an introductory fee of 3450 shillings for a one-way ticket, depending on the date of travel.
  • The airline halted passenger operations on the route last March due to Covid-19 travel restrictions imposed by the government to stop the spread of the disease.

Fly540 will restart direct flights to Kisumu from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on December 1, increasing competition on a route served by airlines such as Safarilink, Jambojet and Kenya Airways.

The airline will fly once a day, compared to the two daily flights it operated before the coronavirus outbreak that forced it to suspend operations on the route last year.

Passengers traveling to Kisumu from Nairobi will pay an introductory fee of 3450 shillings for a one-way ticket, depending on the date of travel.

The airline halted passenger operations on the route last March due to Covid-19 travel restrictions imposed by the government to stop the spread of the disease.

Fly540 CEO Don Smith told Business Daily in an interview Tuesday that the airline that also operates other domestic routes such as Malindi and Lamu will deploy a Dash 8 Q 300 on the route.

Most of the passengers using the Nairobi-Kisumu route are on business trips, attending conferences, sightseeing trips or visiting their rural homes.

“We seem to link the flight to other international destinations like Entebbe,” Smith said.

In addition to restarting flights on the lucrative Nairobi-Kisumu route, the airline has announced plans to start flights to Ukunda from its hub in Nairobi a few months ago.

The airline then said that the passenger on the route will pay an average fare of Sh10,540 on a one-way ticket, which is cheaper compared to its competitors on the route.

The other airlines operating on these routes are Jambojet, Kenya Airways, 748 Air Services, Renegade Air, and Safarilink.

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