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Kenya’s Jambojet to start flights to Uganda next month

Kenya’s Jambojet set to extend operations to Uganda next month. Courtesy photo.

The journey from Entebbe to Nairobi is known to be the most expensive 500-kilometre commercial flight in the world, costing over $500 (about Shs1.8 million).

However, with the expansion of operations by Jambojet, travellers will likely find some relief as the Airline will operate daily for as low as $116 (about Shs406,000), including taxes.

Jambojet is set to expand its wings in East Africa with the launch of a double daily flight between Entebbe and Nairobi, Kenya on February 14, 2018.

This will see the Nairobi based budget airline become the first regional low cost airline with an introductory fare of USD 116 (incl. taxes) one-way.Customers will initially be able to purchase tickets from the airline’s robust online book portal – Jambojet.com, as the airline roll out the other booking channels.

Jambojet will operate double daily flights with departures fromJomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 09.10hrsand 17.30 hrs. The flight will depart Entebbe International Airport for Nairobi at 11.00hrsand 19.20 hrs daily.

Willem Hondius, CEO Jambojet said: “We are delighted to launch direct service to Entebbe, a much-anticipated addition to our network where we will offer frequent and new flyers even more affordable fares. This new route will connect businesses in Kenya and Uganda while also appealing to leisure travelers, offering them the opportunity to experience the ‘Pearl of Africa’.”

Mr. Hondius further noted that the airline has seen an upward trend on its domestic traffic; “We are optimistic that the regional flight will spur the airline’s growth as well as foster regional integration at a national level.”

The airline currently operates a relatively young fleet of four Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. The route will be served with the recently acquired 78 seater; turboprop Bombardier Next Gen Q400 as it plans to venture into other regional destinations.

The barely four-year-old airline which currently operates to Eldoret, Kisumu, Malindi, Mombasa, Nairobi and Ukundahas achieved undeniable business growth; increased numbers of routes from four to six, increased frequency of flights due to fleet expansion and flown over two million passengers.

A report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2017 revealed that African airlines’ traffic was expected to grow by up to 9.9 per cent annually. The report noted African airports continue to record positive performance, welcoming an increase in international arrivals thatcurrently stand at 14 per cent.

Daily Flight Schedules:
Morning
Nairobi (NBO) to Entebbe (EBB) JM8520 departs 09:10 arrives 10:30
Entebbe (EBB) to Nairobi (NBO) JM8521 departs 11:00 arrives 12:20
Evening
Nairobi (NBO) to Entebbe (EBB) JM8524 departs 17:30 arrives 18:50
Entebbe (EBB) to Nairobi (NBO) JM8525 departs 19:20 arrives 20:40

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