Low-budget airline Jambojet is set to start flying to Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lamu as part of its regional expansion.
The inaugural flight to Goma will be on 10th September 2021, starting with two frequencies weekly. This is set to grow to four frequencies weekly, flying on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The airline will fly to Lamu 4 times weekly, starting 15th September 2021. Customers will be able to book Nairobi to Lamu and Mombasa to Lamu as well as Lamu to Mombasa and Lamu to Nairobi.
Vincent Rague, Chairman, Jambojet Board of Directors said the move is part of an expansion plan that would see them expand more networks across the region as well as grow their fleet. “We had to put on hold some of the plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited to launch these two new routes, and look forward to what is to come,” he said.
He added that there is a growing demand for air transport across the continent, with the International Air Transport Association projecting that Africa will become one of the fastest growing aviation regions within the next 20 years, with an average annual expansion rate of almost 5 percent which they are taking advantage of.
Jambojet currently flies to six destinations including Mombasa, Diani, Eldoret, Kisumu and Malindi from its primary hub in Nairobi. The airline also operates a direct flight from Mombasa to Kisumu and Eldoret. In a bid to diversify its product offering, Jambojet launched Charter services in October 2020.
Nairobi – Goma @ US$397 return
Depart Nairobi at 11.40am and arrive at 12.40pm starting from US$190 one way
Depart Goma at 13.40pm and arrive at 16.40pm starting from US$207 one way
Nairobi – Mombasa – Lamu
Depart Nairobi at 09.20am and arrive in Lamu at 11.50am starting from Ksh7,100 one way
Depart Lamu at 12.10pm and arrive in Nairobi at 14.40pm starting from Ksh7,100 one way
Depart Mombasa a 11.00am and arrive in Lamu at 11.50am starting from Ksh4,600 one way
Depart Lamu at 12.10pm and arrive in Mombasa at 13.00pm starting from Ksh4,600 one way
The development to Goma comes after Kenya sent its military to the DRC to help stabilize the country from June this year.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his DRC counterpart Felix Tshisekedi signed a deal on defence cooperation to promote peace, security and stability.
The bilateral agreement provides a framework to enhance policing, counter terrorism, maritime and aviation security, immigration, and customs matters.
The move was meant to also help increase trading privileges to DRC, to boost trade at the port of Mombasa.
Since inception in 2014, Jambojet, which is IOSA certified (IATA Operational Safety Audit registration), has achieved undeniable business growth with a fleet of 6 brand new De Havilland Dash 8-400 and flown over four million passengers across all its destinations.