Jumia Travel launches flight services

Addis Ababa, February 22, 2017 (FBC) - Jumia Travel has today announced the unveiling of flights services for travellers, a move that will boost its services reach. The launch comes to the continent at a time when the second African Aviation Summit is taking place in Rwanda.

The online hotel booking company is now offering both domestic and international flights by major airlines in the continent including Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Rwandair Express, Qatar Airways, Emirates, South African Airways, KLM, Flydubai, Turkish Airlines, Air Arabia, and Air Seychelles, among others.

“It’s a new step for us as we aim to be the leading African Online Travel Agency, providing best customer experience for the travelers. It is also part of our broader program to create a one stop travel shop providing accommodation, packages, and flights all on the same platform, in a bid to streamline travel in Africa,” said Paul Midy - CEO of Jumia Travel.

As an Online Travel Agency, Jumia Travel will be working in partnership with different partners including Amadeus. The service (now available on travel.jumia.com/flights) enables the customers to find, compare, and book flights, as well as buy air tickets online with ease directly from various Airline companies across the world.

"We want to offer to our customers, all payment options, credit card but also payment in cash or through mobile phone as well as the support of a local customer service  available 24/24" Alexander Burtenshaw Country Manager of Jumia Travel Ethiopia said.

Accounting for only 3% of the world’s air traffic, Africa portrays massive potential for growth in the coming years, especially due to the increasing demand from the rising middle class and the growing African economies.

“Jumia Travel aims at capitalizing on a market that is progressively driving hospitality demand in the continent. With the International Air Transport Association, ‘IATA’ predicting a strong growth of 4.8% in passenger numbers in Africa in the next 5 years, this confirms our strategic commitment to provide infinite travel solutions to travellers,“ added Paul Midy.

The company recently launched its holiday packages to foster domestic tourism in Africa. By including flights in its packages, Jumia Travel will continue supporting easier access to both African and universal destinations, while at the same time remaining keen to maintain “off-the-beaten path” travel solutions.

Posted by Amare Asrat