Information has been received that Kenya Airways (KQ) will halt its direct flights from Nairobi to Malindi and instead Jambojet, the KQ low-cost subsidiary, will fly the route twice a day as of Monday, August 1.
It is yet to be established if passengers booked from African or overseas destinations with tickets on to Malindi will be uplifted under a commercial arrangement or on a code share deal come Monday next week, which would make sense, given the demand from Eastern Africa, Europe and the Gulf for Malindi and Watamu vacations.
Under a commercial or code share deal would passengers be able to check their baggage through to and from Malindi, an advantage for the destination as the purchase of a separate ticket with the restrictive terms and conditions of a low cost airline would otherwise require extra bookings, including the cost of checked bags, which generally is seen as detrimental for travelers from overseas.
‘The rules by Jambojet are that when you have booked a ticket you travel on that flight or forfeit it. Now if you are booked on a KQ flight from say Amsterdam or Dubai to Nairobi and then need to connect to Malindi on Jambojet, and the inbound flight is delayed and a passenger misses that Malindi flight, what then? This requires some forward looking solution because otherwise traffic into Malindi from overseas destinations will take a beating’ commented a source from Mombasa when asked to offer an opinion.
Feedback is awaited from the two airlines on the way forward and will be featured here as soon as is available.