On Thursday, 19 September 2019, Kenya’s regional low-cost carrier, Jambojet, announced it has received approval from the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority to start flights to Kigali.
The approval means that the airline can begin operations to the destination as part of its regional expansion strategy.
“We are pleased to have received this approval. Kigali is one of the routes we have been pursuing in our expansion plan. Once we have everything in place, we will begin operations,” said Jambojet Chairman Vincent Rague.
Additionally, the airline has acquired a brand new De Havilland Dash 8 – Q400 aircraft.
The new aircraft brings the total number of airplanes operated by Jambojet to six.
It is also the first of four aircrafts that are expected this year to boost the airline’s capacity as it looks to soar into more African destinations.
“We are excited about our growth prospects in the region. We have an aggressive plan to fly to more African destinations and this is why we are expanding our fleet,” said Jambojet Chief Executive Officer, Allan Kilavuka.
“The addition of this aircraft to our fleet brings the average age to 3.7 years, making us the airline with the youngest fleet in Africa and possibly across the world,” he said.
The airline currently flies to five local destinations; namely Malindi, Ukunda, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret and one regional destination -Entebbe, Uganda -from its hub in Nairobi.
It also flies to Bujumbura, Burundi on behalf of the national carrier, Kenya Airways.
“The African aviation sector has an opportunity to grow. More players are coming on board but there is space for everyone, and we will continue to take advantage of our low-cost model and safety standards,” added Rague.
The International Air Transport Association’s data shows that low-cost carriers account for about a quarter of all flights internationally, but less than ten percent in Africa.
Recently, Jambojet was awarded the coveted IATA Operational Safety Audit certification (IOSA), an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the safety, operational management and control systems of an airline.
The airline was also ranked top airline in Africa with the youngest fleet in a report by global aviation intelligence provider, ch-aviation.