Low cost carrier, Jambo Jet, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways has received approval to commence flights to Kigali, Rwanda as part of its regional expansion strategy
Jambojet chief executive Allan Kivaluka said apart from the clearance by the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, the airline has also received rights fly to Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo, Mogadishu in Somalia and Bujumbura in Burundi.
“We have been given the go-ahead by Kenya Civil Aviation Authority to fly to many of these destinations. We are waiting for the rights to Juba in South Sudan, Comoros, Mwanza and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Zanzibar,” Kivaluka said during the unveiling of a new Jambojet Dash8-Q400, named Kongoti, with an 82-seat capacity.
The new aircraft brings to six, the total number of airplanes operated by Jambojet. It is also the first of four aircrafts that are expected this year to boost the airlines capacity as it looks to soar into more African destinations.
“We are excited about our growth prospects in the region. We have an aggressive plan to fly to more African destinations and this is why we are expanding our fleet,” he added.
Currently, the airline flies to five local destinations namely Malindi, Ukunda, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret and one regional destination -Entebbe, Uganda -from its hub in Nairobi. It also flies to Bujumbura, Burundi on behalf of the national carrier.