Kenyan regional airline Fly540 will fly from Nairobi to Juba starting May 2. The company plans to operate six flights a week on the route using its 50 seats twin jet, and expects to start with between 40 and 50 per cent capacity.
Traffic in Southern Sudan region and demand for more flights between Nairobi and Juba is being driven by investors, financial service providers and industrialists, all willing to take their share of this virgin market. Passenger traffic between Nairobi and Juba has reportedly grown to more than 8,000 from a monthly average of 5,800 passengers.
This traffic has also increased competition among airlines on the Nairobi-Juba route, and Fly 540 entering the competition might shift the price war. The airline will sell a return ticket for $400, a lower rate than that of national carrier Kenya Airways.
Fly 540 recently partnered with East African Safari Air Express, giving it access to planes and staff.