Kenyan carrier JamboJet has officially inaugurated new operations between Nairobi and Goma in the DRC. This marks the first flight to the central Africa region for Kenya Airways budget carrier and will be maintained twice weekly.
Furthermore, the carrier hopes to increase this services to 4X weekly subject to increasing demand, with the airline filing for De Havilland Canada Dash 8-Q400 as its equipment on this route.
JamboJet sees potential in the destination as Kenya and DRC recently signed an agreement covering several economic factors, security & defence as maritime transport.
The close ties between the two countries makes DRC a hub for many Kenyans, especially those traveling for business.
Present at the inaugural event was George Masafu, Kenyan Ambassador to DRC who remarked on the importance of regional integration and the critical role airlines play in bridging the gap and creating new economic opportunities.
“We are keen to bridge the gap and make it easier for everyone to travel within the continent,” noted Karanja Ndegwa CEO of JamboJet.
The most popular airlines for this route are Ethiopian Airlines, Skyward Express Limited, Air Kenya, Renegade Air, and Precision Air.
The carrier currently fly to 6 destinations including Mombasa, Diani, Eldoret, Kisumu & Malindi. The airline also eyes operations to the coastal island of Lamu from 15th Sep. 2021.
JamboJet’s is an all Dash 8-Q400 operator with currently six in operation and one on order according to planespotters. net
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo