748 Air Services meets travel agents to shore up valentines’ bookings to the Mara


748 Air Services meets travel agents to shore up valentines’ bookings to the Mara
748 Air Services plane. PHOTO| COURTESY

Aviation company 748 Air Services has announced a partnership with travel agents to shore up Valentine’s celebrations bookings to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

The local airline has signed packages with Keekorok Lodge, Mahali Mzuri, and Sarova Mara among others in a move aimed at boosting local tourism.

748 Air Services currently has flight and accommodation packages covering return flights, full-board accommodation, game drives and round airstrip transfers which can be booked directly from the company’s website.

“At the moment bookings for Valentine’s are low. We are now meeting prospective travel agents with the hope of enhancing our bookings,” said Mr. Jibril, 748 Air Services Chairman.

A national traveller readiness survey and the largest since the start of the global pandemic, commissioned by The National Tourism Crisis Steering Committee and the Kenya Association of Travel Agents (KATA) shows that 65 per cent of travellers are willing to travel again domestically, compared to regionally (34 per cent) and Internationally (25 per cent).

748 Air Services operates daily flights to the Mara with rates now pegged at Ksh.20,000 (USD $206) per person for a return ticket from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport.

“We are offering competitive rates to the Mara compared to other airlines operating from Wilson Airport,” said Mr. Jibril.

To ensure maximum protection against COVID-19, the airline has set up inflight COVID-19 procedures including fumigating the aircraft, taking passengers temperatures, thoroughly sanitizing before boarding and ensuring that everyone including the crew wears their masks correctly.

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