Jambojet set to launch flights to Tanzania and Uganda

This will commence the airline's regional expansion plan designed to see it fly to 16 new routes.

The Transport ministry said it had applied for permission for the budget airline, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways KQ, to fly to the countries.

“The government has applied for designations on our behalf to allow us operate on six regional routes,” Willem Hondius, Jambojet’s chief executive, told the Business Daily in an interview.

Jambojet was in May granted regulatory approval to fly to 16 routes including Entebbe, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Kigali, Juba, Bujumbura, Hargeisa, Mogadishu, Goma, Kisangani and Moroni.

“For now, the application covers Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of Congo. However, we intend to begin by flying to Tanzania and Uganda.”

Jambojet also plans to start flying to Wajir by next February, adding to its existing flights between Nairobi and Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu, Malindi and Ukunda (Diani).

The airline was forced to push their international launch date forward owing to delays in receiving two Bombardier Q400 aircraft which are now expected before Christmas.

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