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Jambojet commences Nairobi-Goma direct flights

The launch of the flight is aimed at opening up business and tourism opportunities between the two countries

In Summary
  • The carrier, which is a subsidiary of the national carrier Kenya Airways, is the first airline to directly connect the capital of North Kivu province and Nairobi. 
  • The airline will be flying from Nairobi to Goma two times weekly.
DRC Embassy Kenya second Diplomat Privileges host Bosaw Botuli and Country Liason affairs and Union Directorate Samuel Gitonga during the launch of the inaugural Jambojet flight to Goma on September 10, 2021
DRC Embassy Kenya second Diplomat Privileges host Bosaw Botuli and Country Liason affairs and Union Directorate Samuel Gitonga during the launch of the inaugural Jambojet flight to Goma on September 10, 2021
Image: CHARLENE MALWA

Low budget carrier Jambojet on Friday launched its maiden flight to Goma in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, as it seeks to expand to the central Africa region.

The carrier, which is a subsidiary of the national carrier Kenya Airways, is the first airline to directly connect the capital of North Kivu province and Nairobi. 

The airline will be flying two times weekly, on Monday and Friday, from its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, to Goma International Airport.

This is set to increase to 4 times weekly, as demand grows.

The launch of the flight is aimed at opening up business and tourism opportunities between the two countries whose ties continue to deepen.

During the inaugural flight ceremony at Goma International Airport, Jambojet Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Karanja Ndegwa, said flying to Goma is one step towards growing Jambojet’s footprint in Africa.

 “We are excited about the growth prospects in the region. We have an ambitious plan to grow our network, and we are proud to be the first low-cost airline to venture into this route,” said Karanja.

The price of the round trip Nairobi-Goma is set at $397 (Sh43,670) on an initial promotional offer.

A one-way flight will cost $190 (Sh20,900) from Goma to Nairobi and $207 (Sh22,770) from Nairobi to Goma.

Jambojet Board of Directors Chairman, Vincent Rague noted that there is opportunity for growth in the African market, and Jambojet will be at the center of this growth.

“Our ethos has always been offering affordable, convenient and reliable service to customers, and that in turn contributes to economic growth, job creation and boosts social inclusion,” said Rague.

Jambojet currently flies to six destinations including Mombasa, Diani, Eldoret, Kisumu and Malindi from its primary hub in Nairobi.

The airline also operates a direct flight from Mombasa to Kisumu and Eldoret and has plans to start operations to the Coastal Island of Lamu on September 15, 2021.