Jambo Jet set to launch African flights

Airline to start flying to 11 new routes outside Kenya by the end of December

Kenyan low-cost airline Jambo Jet has set its sights on flying to destinations across Africa by the end of this year.

The Kenya Airways-owned airline is awaiting the government’s approval this month to kick start the plan and will lease more planes to launch international operations on 11 new routes.

“I hope to get our air service licence (ASL) later this month. The moment we receive the second aircraft we will be ready to launch our regional routes,” said the airline’s CEO Willem Hondius.

Jambojet has so far applied to fly to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Blantyre and Lilongwe in Malawi as well as to Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) among others.

In a bid to serve its domestic customers and the upcoming routes, the airline has leased a 78-seater Bombardier Q400 from Ilyushin Finance Co (IFC), with a second aircraft scheduled for delivery in November.

Speaking while receiving the new aircraft at Bombardier’s factory, Mr. Hondius said that they expect to start operations once

Jambojet started operating in 2014 to cater for local travelers by offering low-cost fares of as little as Sh3,200 one way.

It mainly flies to six routes in Kenya; from from Nairobi to Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu, Malindi and Ukunda.

It started operations with leased planes but it has since started operating its own flights, a move that will see its prices reduce even further.

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