The popularity of domestic flights has grown significantly over the years, and this development has led a notable increase in the number of low-cost carriers with a series of offerings and promotions. Travellers who use these services have for some time now been making their payments via cash or mobile money options only. However, this has since changed because according to Pesapal, people can now purchase tickets via its aggregated system that bundles M-PESA, mVisa, MasterCard and American Express in USD and KES.
Pesapal says the integration of its payment system for the carriers was launched this January for Jetways Airlines, Silverstone Air and Skyward Express. Users can get access to the service via the airlines’ websites, which, according to the firm, should give travellers more freedom to make their payments conveniently. At the same, travellers can access and track their fees on a dashboard regardless of the payment channel used, a move that should improve how the airlines monitor and report their financials.
It is also worth noting that the mentioned airlines have since joined the likes Kenya’s African Express Airways and Uganda’s Eagle Air that use Pesapal’s payments system.
“There are more locals looking for affordable modes of transport, and low-cost airlines are offering a great alternative for both business and leisure local travellers. Working with airlines has come naturally for us, having worked in the hospitality sector for a while. We are delighted to have these airlines trust us with their payments, and we look forward to working with them to grow the local tourism space,” said Pesapal CEO Mark Mwongela.
The airlines fly to over 10 different locations.
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“We are confident that the airline industry will benefit too from these efforts as we work together to reduce cases of theft and fraud” concluded Mr. Mwongela.