Business / Economy
Sunday, 04 Jun 2017 13:57 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Online travel agency Kiwi.com have produced their annual ranking detailing the cost of air travel in 80 countries. The company undertook the research in order to help make travellers aware of countries that offer good opportunities for affordable travel.
Following on from the findings of last year’s Flight Price Index, this round also tracks the changes in the industry, providing a compelling insight into the fluctuating price of air travel around the world.
To calculate the rankings, Kiwi.com analysed over a million flights to find an average price of short-haul and long-haul flights on low cost and full service airlines from each of the countries. Domestic flights were calculated by finding an average airfare from the country’s capital to up to five major cities within the country, or to a major city nearby in a neighbouring country when no domestic flights were available.
The price of international travel was calculated based on flights from all international airports within the country, to several international hubs. All flights were checked for the same dates of travel taking into account high and low seasons.
Kenya ranks in position 33, with an average flight cost of US$11.64 per 100 km of travel, factoring in both short haul and long haul journeys. This compares with the most affordable country, Malaysia, averaging a flight cost of $4.18 per 100 km of travel. At the other end of the ranking, Belgium calculated at a cost over 13 times higher, at $54.63 per 100 km of travel. Kenya placed in position 29 in 2016’s ranking.
Jack is a business and society writer at the Kenya Free Press