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Jambojet grows passengers by 123% in 2021

The airline still targets to hit 917,000 passengers by close of this year.

In Summary
  • Jambojet recorded an increase of about 390,000 passengers from the numbers in 2020.
  • The airline is now in pursuit of growing the newly launched Lamu and Goma routes.
The Star Newspaper Chief Operating Officer Agnes Kalekye, Radio Africa Group Chief Operating Officer Martin Khafafa, Jambo Jet CEO Karanja Ndegwa, and Jambojet Digital Marketing Manager Cynthia Otoro during a Courtesy call on discussing partnership with Jambo jet on July 21, 2022
The Star Newspaper Chief Operating Officer Agnes Kalekye, Radio Africa Group Chief Operating Officer Martin Khafafa, Jambo Jet CEO Karanja Ndegwa, and Jambojet Digital Marketing Manager Cynthia Otoro during a Courtesy call on discussing partnership with Jambo jet on July 21, 2022
Image: CHARLENE MALWA

Budget airline Jambojet increased passengers by 390,000 last year as the industry recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airline recorded a total of 730,000 passengers during the year under review compared to 317,000 in 2020.

Speaking to the star, Jambojet’s CEO Karanja Ndegwa accredited the increase in numbers to the adoption of automation and capacity building in their operations enhancing customer satisfaction.

“We have done our best to make flight costs affordable to the passengers and we keep on making efforts to promote an increased number of flights as the more you fly, the more the cost of flight goes down attracting more passengers,” Ndegwa said.

The airline also attributed the growth to the loyalty programme launched in April.

Dubbed 'Jambojet Rewards', the initiative allows passengers to redeem points on flights, get priority check-in and baggage handling, discount vouchers, and more when they acquire enough points.

Even so, the management said the recovery is being slowed by the ongoing global supply chain glitch following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, pushing up flight costs by eight per cent since January. 

Jambojet, a market leader with over 44 per cent domestic market share, has flown 4.9 million passengers since its inception in 2014.

The airline operates flights on 11 routes: From Nairobi to Mombasa, Malindi, Kisumu, Ukunda (Diani), Lamu, and Goma in Eastern DRC.

It also flies from Mombasa to Lamu, Eldoret, and Kisumu.

This year, the airline is targeting 917,000 passengers, hoping to surpass the one million mark the following year.

In April, Transport principal secretary Joseph Njoroge noted that the country’s aviation sector operations were back to a 94 per cent performance after the disruption caused by Covid-19.

To further its operations and contribution to the economy’s growth, the airline is now in pursuit of growing the newly launched Lamu and Goma routes.

This is after the airline launched the DRC route in its expansion bid.

The sector is gathering steam after last year's outlook by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed a significant fall in revenues.

The global lobby group said the sector's earnings dropped by 50 per cent to $419 billion from $838 billion in 2019.

According to the report, locally, it was estimated that 223,600 jobs were at risk with a GDP loss of up to $1.8 billion.