As cargo demand becomes the new normal for airlines while passenger traffic continues to recover, belly capacity is only recently starting to increase, keeping the pressure on supply chains.
Kenyan airline JamboJet is preparing to begin cargo operations in the first half of this year to offset the declined passenger travel demand amid the prolonged pandemic.
The Kenya Airways subsidiary received regulatory approvals from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to start ferrying cargo across local and regional markets.
Speaking to Business Daily, the carriers Managing Director Karanja Ndengwa said, “JamboJet has received regulatory approvals from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to start ferrying cargo across local and regional markets where we operate and we are set to start next month.”
The target routes include domestic markets such as Kisumu, Mombasa, Eldoret and Malindi as well as regional routes which include Goma in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The airline will utilise its Dash 8-Q400 contingent currently used to ferry passengers on its routes to transport cargo on its routes.
According to the MD the aircraft is suitable for the job thanks to its capacity that can accommodate up to 78 passengers and carry up to 1.2 tonnes of cargo on a single trip.