By Justine Namara
The new Kenyan Airline Jambojet is set to expand its wings to Uganda with the launch of a double daily flight between Entebbe and Nairobi, Kenya on 14th February, 2018.
This will see the Nairobi based airline become the first regional low cost airline with an introductory fare of USD 116 (incl. taxes) one-way.
Customers will initially be able to purchase tickets from the airline’s robust online book portal - Jambojet.com, as the airline roll out the other booking channels. The airline will operate daily by a 78 seater aircraft.
Jambojet will operate double daily flights with departures from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 09.10hrs and 17.30 hrs. The flight will depart from Entebbe International Airport for Nairobi at 11.00hrs and 19.20 hrs daily.
Speaking in a press conference on Monday, Willem Hondius, the CEO Jambojet said, “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 beauty of the ‘Pearl of Africa.”
Mr. Hondius further noted that the airline has seen an upward trend on its domestic traffic.
“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.
The airline currently operates a relatively young fleet of four Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. The Kenya Uganda route will be served with the recently acquired 78 seater; turboprop Bombardier Next Gen Q400 as it plans to venture into other regional destinations.
The barely four-year-old airline which currently operates in Eldoret, Kisumu, Malindi, Mombasa, Nairobi and Ukunda has achieved undeniable business growth; increased numbers of routes from four to six, increased frequency of flights due to fleet expansion and flown over two million passengers.
A report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2017 revealed that African airlines’ traffic was expected to grow by up to 9.9 per cent annually. The report noted that African airports continue to record positive performance, welcoming an increase in international arrivals that currently stand at 14 per cent.