ABN - Kenyan low-cost airline Jambojet is set to begin flying to Tanzania and Uganda in February 2018 after being granted regulatory approval to fly 16 routes in the East African region.
The maiden flights to its neighbouring countries represents the inauguration of a regional expansion plan for the subsidiary company of Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways.
Jambojet was granted regulatory approval by the transport ministry to fly 16 routes including Entebbe, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Kigali, Juba, Bujumbura, Hargeisa, Mogadishu, Goma, Kisangani and Moroni.
“The government has applied for designations on our behalf to allow us operate on six regional routes,” said Willem Hondius, Jambojet’s chief executive.
“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.”
The airline is also waiting on the delivery of two Bombardier Q400 aircrafts before Christmas, with the intention of making its international debut once it has received the planes.
Jambojet reported a pre-tax loss of Sh25 million for the year to March, which Hondius attributed to insufficient aircraft during last year's peak season along with the effects of an uncertain election period.