, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – Kenyan low cost carrier Jambojet has increased flights to Kisumu and Ukunda in Diani as it scales up operations in the domestic market.
According to the airline’s CEO Willem Hondius, Jambojet will now fly twice to Kisumu on Sunday and three times daily on Thursday and Friday, bringing the total number of flights to the lakeside city to 16 per week.
Jambojet will also fly twice daily to Ukunda in the South Coast.
Hondius also disclosed that Jambojet has chartered an additional Bombardier Q400 aircraft to service the Kisumu and Eldoret routes.
“All flights on the Kisumu and Eldoret routes will be serviced by the Q400 which we have chartered from DAC Aviation,” said Hondius.
“We will introduce a second frequency to Kisumu on Sundays and a third daily frequency to Kisumu on Thursday and Friday bringing the total number of frequencies to Kisumu to 16 per week compared to 13 previously. As from coming Saturday (April 25), we will introduce a second daily frequency to Ukunda.”
Jambojet launched flights to Lamu, Malindi and Ukunda on March 28 bringing to seven the number of destinations it flies to. The others are Nairobi, Kisumu, Eldoret and Mombasa.
The airline has flown 500,000 passengers since inception a year ago.
The low cost carrier is targeting the growing domestic travel market comprising tourists, traders, investors, government workers and employees of local and international aid agencies to cement its position in Kenya’s nascent low cost airline market.
The Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft is capable of operating on shorter runways and performs like a jet aircraft in terms of speed and comfort.
The airline operates Q400 aircraft on all its routes (Lamu, Malindi, Eldoret, Kisumu, Mombasa and Ukunda.
Jambojet also operates two Boeing 737 planes in its fleet.