Jambojet, regional low-cost carrier made its inaugural flight to Kigali, on Monday, November 25, 2019. The airline is looking to establish its footprint in the region with Entebbe route, which was launched in February 2018 and Kigali now being served.
To effectively serve the region, the airline recently acquired two brand new De Havilland Dash 8 – 400 to cater to the expansion. There will be daily flights between Nairobi and Kigali.
Jambojet Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Allan Kilavuka, said the airline is taking advantage of the huge opportunity the African market has to offer.
“Today we mark a major milestone in our regional expansion strategy. Our aim is to grow our footprint across the continent, while offering a unique product for these markets. We expect that our low-cost model will enable more people to fly affordably, conveniently, and safely,” said Mr. Kilavuka.
The airline is also eyeing South Sudan, Mogadishu, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Union of the Comoros and Malawi.
If travel restrictions like tough Visa regulations and cost of air travel are addressed, the African market has a huge potential. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), last year, low-cost carriers in Africa were estimated to have ferried at least 1.3 billion passengers and accounted for 31 percent of the world’s total scheduled passengers.
Jambojet currently flies to five local destinations namely Malindi, Ukunda, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret and one regional destination-Entebbe, Uganda – from its hub in Nairobi.
After almost 5 years in service, the airline was in July 2019 awarded the IATA Operational Safety Audit certification (IOSA). The airline was also the 2018 winner of the Bombardier Reliability Award for outstanding performance in dispatch reliability.
The airline was also among the 165 aircraft showcased at the just concluded 2019 Dubai Airshow. It’s the only Kenyan operator to ever be showcased at an international airshow.
“We thank all our customers and partners for believing in us and look
forward to continued growth together,” concluded Mr Kilavuka.