Jambojet introduces charter flights to boost revenues

Passengers disembark from a Jambojet plane at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. 

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What you need to know:

  • Airline launches service to make use of aircraft lying idle since resumption of flights in July.
  • The flights will be available in Kenya and across the region.

Low-cost carrier Jambojet has introduced charter flight services as part of a strategy to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on its business operations.

The airline, which is a subsidiary of Kenya Airways, on Tuesday said it had launched the service to make use of aircraft lying idle since resumption of flights in July.

Jambojet will dedicate one plane for the service out of the total six.

The service will be available in Kenya and across the region.

“We are targeting to fly about five times on a weekly basis on the ad hoc frequencies, but this will be mainly based on demand,” said Karanja Ndegwa, the airline’s acting managing director.

Mr Ndegwa said the product will target corporates, families and individuals with a need to fly to different places but who prefer to not use regular scheduled flights.

The low-cost carrier is betting on the service to boost its operations which were hit hard by Covid-19 measures such as stoppage of air transport, reducing its capacity to 55 per cent.

“When we resumed, we started operating with 30 per cent capacity. We are hoping that by next week we will be operating at 60 per cent because demand has been growing continuously,” Mr Karanja said during the announcement today.

Costs of the chartered flights will depend on where customers are going, distance and government levies especially when flying outside the Kenyan border.

The airline reckons it would rather put its idle aircraft to different use than fly all of them while mostly empty.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Jambojet lost about Sh1.2 billion in revenues, and is eager to make use of every available opportunity to recover.

The airline, however, has not resumed its international routes to Entebbe and Kigali due to restrictions by the respective governments.

Titus Oboogi, the airline’s head of marketing, said the earliest they hope to resume the two destinations is next year or 2022.