Jam­bo­jet in­creases flights, bets on fes­tive sea­son

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business -

WEITERE MWITA/ Bud­get air­line Jam­bo­jet will in­crease flights to its des­ti­na­tions from the Jomo Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s hub routes dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, the com­pany said yes­ter­day. It hopes to cash in on high pas­sen­ger traf­fic dur­ing the De­cem­ber hol­i­days. The low-cost car­rier, a sub­sidiary of strug­gling Kenya Air­ways, will in­crease its flights to Mom­basa from 22 per week to 31, while those to Malindi will rise to 16 from 13 weekly. The flights to Kisumu, El­doret and Ukunda (Kwale) will have 20 flights each week. Weekly flights to El­doret and Kisumu are 10 and 14 re­spec­tively. “We are cog­nizant of the in­creased de­mand for flights dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son as peo­ple go on hol­i­day or travel back home. We want to en­sure that we pro­vide our cus­tomers with value for money, greater choice as well as flex­i­bil­ity with the ad­di­tional fre­quen­cies,” CEO Willem Hondius said. Jam­bo­jet has seen its pas­sen­ger num­bers grow year-on-year hav­ing in­creased by 18 per cent. “In­creased de­mand on all our routes has seen the num­ber of round trips grow from 2,522 to 3,312 for the fi­nan­cial year end­ing March 2016. De­mand for do­mes­tic travel has en­abled Jam­bo­jet to con­trib­ute 25 per cent pas­sen­ger growth in the do­mes­tic market since it started oper­a­tions,” Hondius said.

/ALPHONCE GARI

Jam­bo­Jet CEO Willem Hondius dis­em­barks from a plane on its first flight in Lamu on March 31 last year

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