Despite Family Billions, Raila Junior Laments at KQ’s Expensive Tickets

via Nairobiwire

We had a story on Wednesday where we compared Kenya Airways’ ticket prices to those of Ethiopian Airlines on several popular routes.

We sought to find out just how expensive Kenya Airways is compared to Ethiopian Airlines.

Using booking website Travelstart.co.ke, we looked at some of the most popular routes and the results were eye-opening. (These are return Economy tickets for 1st of September 2015, for 1 passenger.)

Nairobi – Dar-es-Salaam

Kenya Airways – $651
Ethiopian – $328

Nairobi – Johannesburg

Kenya Airways – $771
Ethiopian – $533

Nairobi – Lagos

Kenya Airways – $1,507
Ethiopian – $1,108

Nairobi – Kigali

Kenya Airways – $658
Ethiopian – $294


Nairobi – Juba

Kenya Airways – $608
Ethiopian – $462

Nairobi – Entebbe (Uganda)

Kenya Airways – $569
Ethiopian – $356

Nairobi – Dubai

This has become quite a popular route and for this, we went to the respective airline’s websites, and the difference is clear.

Kenya Airways – Sh37,947 (one way)

Ethiopian – Sh19,670 (one way)

 

For Ethiopian Airlines, you may have to make a stopover in Addis Ababa, but it’s very worth it if it saves you half the cost.

I’m pretty sure many Kenyans would want to fly KQ. It makes us proud and it’s the right thing to do. However, if the issue is between patriotism and saving Sh20,000, Jah Rastafari Haile Selassie.

It emerged that our national carrier is very much overpriced, which probably explains the numerous empty seats on most of its flights.

It happens that even the rich think KQ is overpriced.

Raila Odinga Junior yesterday recounted on Facebook how he was forced to drive to Kisumu after learning that KQ’s ticket price would set him back Sh17,000 one way.

If that’s not an insane figure, I don’t know what is.

The fact that kenya airways lost 26 billion during the last financial year is a testament to their dinosaur management, apparently as per an article in the daily hey we’re paying on leases of planes that were parked at the airport.
The other day we were looking to travel from kisumu to Nairobi as per chance one of the people we were traveling with wasn’t well and we suggested they fly rather than drive down with the rest of us, as it was midday the only flight leaving was kQ upon requesting the price we were quoted 17,000/= ksh for a one way, obviously this was not worth it at all and we ended up all driving down spending the night in Nakuru and continuing to Nairobi, Kenya .

You see here in lies the problem for I am beyond certain that the plane to Nairobi was empty for that 2 o’clock flight with not more than a handful of people. Kenya airways and its management still envisions flight travel as a luxury service and not a modern alternative means of transport, gone are the days when the only people who would jump on a plane to mombasa are European tourists on holiday, the elitist views of the management are what have trapped the carrier in its 17k per ticket syndrome.

Today the alternatives are Many and for KQ to survive they must change with the times
discount last minute ticketing, packaged tickets anything just get people to board the planes

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