KQ Ticket Prices: The national carrier Kenya Airways has the most expensive tickets in Africa. The carrier currently charges more on average than competitors such as Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, Uganda Airlines and Air France.
This has been found out by a new study that was conducted by competition authorities representing a total of 24 African countries. The authorities included the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK). This study established that KQ charges the highest average fares on domestic and international flights.
“Kenya Airways has the highest average passenger price per kilometre (APPK) for all its domestic, regional and international routes. In addition, the routes for the Tanzania markets from Nairobi have higher APPK than international routes, which are longer distances,” the report by the African Competition Forum (ACF) says.
For instance, the study noted, KQ’s average price per kilometre on the Nairobi-Johannesburg route, for instance, was Sh. 23.8 compared to Sh. 22 charged by South African Airways.
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“Prices charged by two operators on this route are visibly different for both economy and business class categories. Kenya Airways prices are 21 percent higher than SAA prices for economy class tickets,” the study report said. “For business tickets, SAA prices are significantly higher than Kenya Airways prices. Kenya Airways on average charges R14,089 (Sh. 106,000) for a business class ticket, while SAA charges R22,954.93 (Sh. 172,796) for the same class. SAA’s upper-end tickets sell at around 39 percent more than Kenya Airways prices.”
KQ ticket prices were also higher internationally. KQ charged an average of Sh. 9.4 per kilometre on the Nairobi-Paris route compared to Air France’s Sh. 8.3. “The Nairobi-Paris route is served by Air France and Kenya Airways, their prices have a difference of Sh. 5,000, Kenya Airways price being more,” the report says. Kenya Airways charged Sh. 15.6 per kilometre on the Nairobi-Addis Ababa route, higher than Ethiopian Airlines’ Sh. 13.2.