Kenya Airways (KQ) and Jambojet on Saturday said they will resume domestic flights on Sunday following the government’s easing of movement restrictions imposed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
A statement by the national carrier on Saturday stated that it will fly two times daily to Mombasa and once daily to Kisumu “as it continues to review the option of increasing frequencies as demand picks”.
“All passengers and airport users are still required to strictly observe safety measures to ensure the safety of all airport users,” KQ said.
“They are advised to familiarise themselves with health protocols including wearing facemasks throughout the journey and making use of sanitiser stations.”
At the same time, budget airline Jambojet also said they will resume their flights on its Nairobi-Mombasa route so as to meet an increase in demand for travel between these two cities.
On March 23, 2021, Kenya Airways reported a near three times loss expansion to Sh36.2 billion in the year ended December 31, 2020.
This is the largest loss by a corporate in Kenya’s history.
The loss acceleration from Ksh.13 billion a year earlier is largely attributable to the collapse of its operations across 2020 on the back of Covid-19 related disruptions.
Kenya Airways revenues in the year slumped by 59 per cent to just Sh52.8 billion from a higher Sh128.3 billion in 2019.
This is as passenger revenues sunk by Sh69.9 billion in the period following the grounding of flights between April and August last year.
The total number of passengers carried in the period for instance fell to 1.8 million individuals in contrast to 5.2 million in the preceding year.
Other hits to revenues included Ksh.864 million in handling services and a Sh5.1 billion wipe out in other revenues.
Last month, Kenyans were forced to revised their travel plans following a move by the government to bar the movement of people into and out of Nairobi, Nakuru, Kajiado, Machakos, and Kiambu.