First-time travelers boosting Kenya’s aviation industry recovery

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Renowned airline, Fly 748 has projected positive prospects for the airline industry in 2022 despite the tough operating environment fuelled by the Ukraine war, COVID-19 and politics.

According to the airline, the pent-up demand for air travel since the government eased COVID-19 restrictions, is helping the sector to manage higher operating costs caused by increased fuel prices, inflation, a higher tax on spare parts, and fluctuating foreign exchange rates.

Fly 748 Managing Director Moses Mwangi said more and more people are taking advantage of airfare discounts and bundled travel accommodation packages to fulfill a long-held desire, especially for first-time travelers.

“More people are taking to the sky compared to two years ago when we were at the height of the pandemic. The sector is returning to pre-pandemic levels and operators are cutting losses on their way to full recovery,” said Mwangi.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts net losses in Africa’s Aviation sector to be 0.7 billion dollars in 2022 on rising passenger numbers- Demand (RPKs) is expected to reach 72 percent of pre-crisis (2019) levels, and capacity to reach 75.2 percent.

A sustained efficiency in operations, a track record of safety, reliability, and an overall strategy of demystifying flying in Kenya through competitively priced airfares have resonated with Kenyans such that Fly 748 has been nominated as one of the best domestic airlines of the year by the Africa Mashariki Transport Awards (AMT).

“We are impressed by the growing number of first-time travelers and those who are building a strong loyalty to this brand, an affirmation of our efforts to revolutionizing air travel in the country,” said Fly 748 Chairman, Ahmed Jibril.

About 748 Air Services

748 Air Services (K) Ltd is a reliable aviation company that provides both air charter services and scheduled services.

Through its air charter services for passengers and cargo, the airline caters to the humanitarian, natural resource, and government sectors. Whether it is the expedient delivery of cargo to remote destinations or comfortable and safe transportation of passenger delegations and VIPs, it prides itself in providing first-class services in third-world conditions.

748 Air Services scheduled services known as Fly 748 was initiated to provide travelers with competitive flight rates, safety, and reliability.

Fly 748 offers daily flights to Mombasa, Diani, Malindi, and Kisumu from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Terminal 2. Fly 748 also flies daily to the Maasai Mara from Wilson Airport.

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