An online hotel booking site, Jumia Travel, is seeking to make your movement to your dream resting place a seamless experience with the launch of a flight booking portal targeting travelers across the world.
This comes at a time when world tourism and travel champions such as UNWTO, IATA and other affiliated bodies are calling on stakeholders to explore the massive potential in the continent’s aviation sector.
Working in partnership with various support agencies such as Amadeus, the service, (now available on travel.jumia.com/flights) enables travelers to find, compare, and book flights, as well as buy air tickets online with ease from various airline companies across the world.
Africa Aviation Day
The launch comes some days after top aviation sector stakeholders and decision makers from different frontiers met in Kigali, Rwanda for the second Africa Aviation Day summit focused on examining challenges and opportunities in the African Aviation space.
The two-day meet held at the Radisson Blu hotel and Kigali Convention Center hosted, among others, representatives from affiliated services such as ground handling, clearance and freight, airline consultants, aircraft manufacturers, as well as CEOs of different airlines.
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Quoting the CEO of Jumia Travel, Paul Midy, “Just like accommodation, transport is an integral component of the travel and tourism industry, and therefore acts as a boost to customer convenience to have both services under the same ecosystem. This is part of our broader programme to create a one stop travel shop for both our inbound and outbound customers.”
Some of the local airlines listed under Jumia Travel flights programme include Jambojet, Fly540, and Fastjet while international freighters include Qatar Airways, Emirates, Air Arabia, and Turkish Airlines.
The executive acclaimed the presence of African airlines such as Kenya Airways, Air Seychelles, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, and RwandAir Express among others, noting that, “more than half of the continent’s international arrivals, which stood at 58 million in 2016, are made via air transport, and therefore emphasizes on the need for players to support growth and innovation in the sector.”
He expressed optimism for the African Aviation landscape in 2017, adding that “great partnerships, collaborations and synergy will come in handy in supporting this exponential growth.”
Despite the potential in the continent’s airspace, Africa only accounts for 3 per cent of the global air traffic. However, projections point to a stable trajectory, with annual passenger growth poised to grow by 5.1 per cent and cargo to 5.3 per cent by 2030.
With their ambition to bring every bit of available accommodation online, and to create the easiest and cheapest way for customers to book it, Jumia Travel, boasting as Africa’s leading hotel booking website, allows the traveller to get the best accommodation prices from more than 25,000 hotels in Africa and more than 200,000 hotels around the world.
Jumia Travel was founded in 2013 by Jumia, backed by MTN, Rocket Internet, Millicom, Orange, Axa and financial partners. Before June 2016, Jumia Travel was known as Jovago.
BY MOSES OMUSOLO