Africa: Jambojet gets license for Lusaka, Bangui, Lumumbashi routes
Jambojet, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways, has received an air service license to fly to Lusaka in Zambia; Lumumbashi, DR (Democratic Republic) of the Congo; and Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic.
The nod from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), published in a gazette notice, paves the way for the low-cost carrier to increase its route offering to destinations outside Kenya as well as varying its cargo and mail services.
“Variation of existing air service licenses to include cargo and mail on the domestic and international scheduled air service,” says the notice.
Jambojet launched flights to Entebbe, Uganda last year. It also operates three flights a week to Blantyre, Malawi after Kenya Airways leased Jambojet’s Dash 8 Q400 aircraft to allow it land in the country’s Chileka International Airport as works prevent bigger aircraft from landing there.
KCAA previously granted the low-cost airline a three-year licence to fly to Addis Ababa, Dar-es-Salaam, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Kigali, Juba, Hargeisa, Mogadishu, Goma, Kisangani, Moroni and Lilongwe.
In an attempt to boost its fleet to launch flights to the new regional routes, Jambojet will be leasing more aircraft this year. The carrier launched in 2014 is also engaging the respective countries to seek approval to operate on the planned routes. It is on six routes in Kenya.