Jambojet to go regional with daily Uganda flights


Jambojet to go regional with daily Uganda flights

Low cost carrier Jambojet will from February 15 start daily flights to Uganda, making it the first destination outside Kenya.

Jambojet is seeking to create a regional presence with flights to Uganda serving as a launch pad for its expansion strategy.

The airline will operate two daily flights between Nairobi and Entebbe with an introductory ticket price of Sh11,330 for a one way ticket.

Jambojet chief executive officer Willem Hondius said the move marks a major milestone for the airline as it continues to offer services as air travel demand picks up.

“We are delighted to launch direct service to Entebbe, a much-anticipated addition to our network where we will offer frequent and new flyers even more affordable fares. This new route will connect businesses in Kenya and Uganda while also appealing to leisure travelers, offering them the opportunity to experience the ‘Pearl of Africa’,” Mr Hondius said.

Jambojet will operate double daily flights with departures from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 9.10 am and 5.30 pm. The flight will depart Entebbe International Airport for Nairobi at 11am and 7.20 pm daily.

Jambojet has been eying regional flights as part of its strategy to grow demand for no frills flying, offering travelers a price competitive way to fly.

“We are optimistic that the regional flight will spur the airline’s growth as well as foster regional integration at a national level,” he said.

Jambojet currently flies an average of 50,000 passengers per month.

Apart from Uganda, Jambojet has applied to fly to 15 other destinations across eastern Africa.

Jambojet has plans to fly to Tanzania, the DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and Somalia.

The budget carrier has acquired four new Bombardier planes replacing the aging Boeing 737 it had leased from its parent company Kenya Airways.

Jambojet, which was launched in 2014, currently serves Mombasa, Eldoret, Nairobi, Kisumu, Malindi and Ukunda and has increased flight frequencies.

On Friday, the airline announced plans to fly to Wajir.

A report by the International Air Transport Association in 2017 revealed that African airlines’ traffic was expected to grow by up to 9.9 per cent annually.

 

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