Kenya’s Jambojet becomes first low-cost carrier to start Kigali service
Jambojet, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways has become the first low-cost airline operating between Kigali, Rwanda and Nairobi, Kenya.
November 26, 2019: Jambojet, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways has become the first low-cost airline operating between Kigali, Rwanda and Nairobi, Kenya after carrying out maiden flights along the route. The airline will fly once daily to Kigali.
The launch of the flights is part of the airline's regional expansion strategy, and the company plans to fly to Mogadishu in Somalia after the launch of the Kigali route, said Jambojet chief executive Allan Kilavuka.
The airline believes the entry into Rwanda will boost trade flows between the two countries, he said.
According to the airline, some 65,000 Kenyans visit Rwanda every year.
Currently, it flies to five local destinations in Kenya and Uganda's Entebbe, and also to Burundi's Bujumbura on behalf of Kenya Airways.
The carrier’s parent company Kenya Airways will close its buyout by the end of next year. The buyout plan comes after the State House Kenya voted in July to nationalise the carrier and save it from mounting debts.