1time Airline will commence its first route to Kenya in March, with the additional destination set to add value to both the South African and Kenyan air travel market.
1time’s Mombasa route to boost Kenyan and South African travel markets
The low cost South African carrier will offer two direct flights a week from OR Tambo International Airport to Mombasa International Airport, and expects between 200 and 300 passengers to frequent the destination on a weekly basis.
A return flight on 1time to Mombasa will cost between $600 to $800 return, depending on seasonality and demand.
1time has already had success with routes in Africa, with two weekly flights to Zanzibar, Tanzania, and five flights per week form Johannesburg to Livingstone in Zambia.
1time CEO Rodney James says that the new route will help increase tourism traffic between South Africa and Kenya.
“Currently, there is no direct service to Mombasa from South Africa, and we anticipate that many South Africans will be enticed to visit, owing to Mombasa’s ideal tropical setting, game viewing attractions, and numerous water activities available.
“Similarly, we expect that many Kenyans will now be encouraged to visit South Africa and, explore the manmade and natural attractions of our major cities, including Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, all of which are on our flight network.”
While 1time will initially target the outbound South African leisure and business traveller market, it is also examining the possibility of attracting passengers who would appreciate the convenience of a direct service linking Mombasa to Johannesburg.
“Having already encountered great yields and load factors on our Zanzibar route, we anticipate that Mombasa will deliver similar positive results, especially considering the similarities between the two destinations. Thus, we are looking forward to a long and lucrative relationship with Mombasa,” concludes James.
For more information on 1time Airline, please visit their website on www.1time.co.za