Fly 748 cancels Nairobi-Kisumu route citing tough economic times

By Elijah Odhiambo

Tough economic times and poor business has slapped hard at Aviation firm 748 Air Services, compelling them to halt their services to Kisumu.

In less than two years since the company started its operations on the Nairobi-Kisumu route, the Air Service has stopped the operations on the route citing poor business.

748 Air Services Managing Director, Moses Mwangi said the company decided to cancel its operations in the route because of dwindling numbers and poor economic impact to the company.

“We stopped operations on the route because numbers dwindled to a very uneconomical and unstainable level,” Mr. Mwangi said.

The airline launched the route to Kisumu on May 20,2021.

The introduction of Nairobi-Kisumu route was part of the airline’s network to expand its wings and allow it play a leading role in supporting growth of domestic tourism market and boosting the economy already hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr. Mwangi who spoke prior to the launch said the expected introduction of the route aimed to offer its customers great value flight options. He stated that they believed the destination was critical to their customers.

The exit of the carrier has left the market to rivals such as Kenya Airways, Safarilink, Jambojet and Renegade Air.

The highly competitive Nairobi-Kisumu route targets business people who travel to and from Nairobi/Kisumu to transact businesses, those travelling for holidays, government business and families travelling to their rural homes.

748 current routes.

After the exit of the Nairobi-Kisumu route, 748 Air Services now operates on the following routes;

  1. Daily flights to Maasai Mara from Wison Airport
  2. Daily flights to Malindi from JKIA
  3. Daily flights to Mombasa from JKIA.
  4. Daily flights to Ukunda

748 Air Services Company was initially founded with the intention of providing valuable services to the humanitarian sector.

The company continues to service the needs of the humanitarian sector in different hardship regions in East and Central Africa by providing delivery of emergency food supplies, emergency extraction of personnel in conflict areas and development supplies and support equipment.


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