Kenyans currently stranded in London, Mumbai and Guangzhou can now let out a sigh of relief as they are now able to fly back home. The plan to repatriate stranded Kenyans was executed two weeks after Kenya Airways charged expatriates in Kenya three times more than the normal ticket price for them to return back to their home countries on a chartered flight.
Kenya Airways chartered flights are now charging nearly the normal commercial rates to fly back stranded Kenyans. The flights will only be available to Kenyans who have tested negative for Covid-19. They are scheduled to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta Airport between May 4th and May 8th.
Charging rate for London passengers will be sh 53,495 for a one-way ticket($500) which sh 5000 more than the normal price which is normally sh 48,215. Passengers in Mumbai and Guangzhou will be required to pay sh 46,005 and sh 80,242($750) for a one-way ticket.
In response to Business Daily, the airline said,” London flight is scheduled for May 4 while Mumbai and Guangzhou flights will leave on May 7 and May 8 respectively”.For security purposes, the departure time has not been communicated.
The airline also stated the reason for high ticket prices for expatriates in Kenya is for the airline to meet other costs. Kenya Airways Chief Executive Allan Kivaluka in an interview with Business Daily said that the costs were within range.
“This is a charter flight. Under normal operations, the cost is spread out. Now it is concentrated on a few flights. There is also the extra cost of protection, cleaning and fumigation”, he said.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft which has a capacity of up to 335 passengers in a three-class configuration is the national carrier that will be used by the stranded passengers.