JUBA GETS MORE NAIROBI FLIGHTS
A source in Juba has confirmed that Fly540 will launch a second daily flight between Nairobi and Juba between Monday and Thursday while Friday to Sunday will continue to see the regular daily departure. Nairobi has become the destination of choice for many South Sudanese to connect to international flights while business travel between the two capital cities has increased substantially since the country attained independence in July. Fly540 is using a Bombardier CRJ aircraft on the route.
Meanwhile has the airlines market position in neighbouring Uganda become precarious as low passenger numbers continue to haunt Fly540 following the controversial departure of former country manager Jackie Arkle, with the matter heading for court it is understood. Mama 540 as Jackie was known has since returned to her native Kenya and is now pursuing her own business interests. Fly540 may still come to rue their action as their passenger loads reportedly suffered as a result of the negative publicity. An emergency sales blitz was in fact undertaken very recently by Fly540 staff but agents polled expressed a broadly negative view to this correspondents, mainly based on the fact of frequent changes in equipment while others cited the Jackie Arkle case as a reason for not booking business with the airline. Be sure to watch this space and find out if Fly540 will remain on the Entebbe route or if the ongoing speculation will claim another scalp soon.