, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 – Kenya Airways Chief Executive Sebastian Mikosz has said local carrier Jambojet will start flying to Somali and Burundi as part of its plan to grow its regional presence.
The Mogadishu flights will start on 15th November.
The airline will fly seven times weekly as it seeks to enhance intra-Africa air connectivity linking cities and facilitating movement of people and thereby enhancing social and economic ties between the countries.
The flight operated by Jambojet on the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, will depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi at 07:40 and depart Aden Adde International Airport, Mogadishu at 10:45 to arrive back in Nairobi at 13:00.
Kenya Airways CEO, Sebastian Mikosz said that the daily flight is aimed at meeting the growing travel demand by Somali travelers, government and non-government organization officials and a growing number of entrepreneurs from Kenya and around the region who are keen on seeking opportunities in the country.
“We want to extend our network reach and make it convenient for our guests who work and invest in Somalia. The addition of this route to our network demonstrates our commitment to improving connectivity on the African continent, while creating new opportunities for corporates investors, traders and tourists”, said Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz.
Speaking to Capital in The Morning last week Mikosz said the airline sees an opportunity in the growing regional air traffic.
Mikosz said that the Kenya Airways subsidiary is being positioned as a regional carrier, flying within 2-hour destinations, “from Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar or Entebbe.”
“We want to use smaller and cheaper planes but fly to more destinations more frequently,” said Mikosz.
He said increased local flights by Jambojet will boost the profile of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as an interconnectivity hub.
In addition to seven destinations in Kenya, Jambojet expanded to Uganda in February 2018 flying to Entebbe daily.
Meanwhile, the budget airline has leased two new Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft from Chorus Aviation Capital, to add onto their growing fleet of aircraft.
The two aircraft will be joining the Jambojet fleet which currently comprises of five Bombardier Q-series leased by the carrier between May 2017 and May 2018.
The planes will be purchased by the global aviation company directly from the manufacturer under a Skyline arrangement for onward lease.
Jambojet CEO, Willem Hondius says the agreement comes at a time when the airline is expanding its footprint in East Africa.