Jambojet diversifies into freight and targets regional market share

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Jambojet diversifies into freight and targets regional market share


Passengers board a plane at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) during the launch of Jambojet’s direct flight to the eastern DRC city of Goma on September 10, 2021. PHOTO | LUCY WANJIRU | NMG

Summary

  • The airline, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways (KQ), said on Tuesday that cargo operations from the second week of February will target regional routes such as Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Jambojet, which has been in operation since April 2014, will also transport cargo to its local markets, including Kisumu, Mombasa, Eldoret and Malindi.
  • The type of flight that can accommodate up to 78 passengers can carry up to 1.2 tons of cargo in a single trip.

Low-cost carrier Jambojet will begin cargo operations next month after receiving regulatory approvals from the aviation regulator to carry cargo on its passenger flights to local and regional destinations.

The airline, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways (KQ) #ticker:KQ, said on Tuesday that cargo operations from the second week of February will target regional routes such as Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo .

Jambojet, which has been in operation since April 2014, will also transport cargo to its local markets, including Kisumu, Mombasa, Eldoret and Malindi.

It will use the Dash 8-Q400 aircraft type it currently uses to carry passengers on its routes to carry cargo on its routes.

The type of flight that can accommodate up to 78 passengers can carry up to 1.2 tons of cargo in a single trip.

“Jambojet has received regulatory approvals from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to begin carrying cargo in the local and regional markets where we operate and we are ready to start next month,” said the Jambojet’s managing director, Karanja Ndegwa, in an interview with Business Daily yesterday. .

He said goods transported to the domestic market weighing 45 kilograms and above, 100 kilograms and above and 250 kilograms and above will cost $45 (5 shillings), $60 (6,813 shillings) and $70 (7,948 shillings) respectively. .

Cargo transported to the domestic market such as Mombasa which weighs less than 45 kilograms will incur a charge of $35 (Sh3,974).

Goods from Nairobi to Goma that weigh less than 45 kilograms will incur a charge of $100 (11,355 Sh).

Those measuring 45 kilograms and over, 100 kilograms and over, 250 kilograms and over, 500 kilograms and over and 1,000 kilograms and over will incur a fee of $2.30 (Sh261), $2.26 (Sh256), 2.10 $(Sh238), $2.05 (Sh232) and $2 (Sh227) respectively.

“The charges exclude third party charges which include handling and screening payable directly to ground handling agents,” Mr Ndegwa said.

Jambojet currently has passenger operations on routes such as Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Lamu, Ukunda, Malindi and Nairobi.

The carrier carried 730,000 passengers last year out of a total passenger target of 855,000. This has been done mainly in partnership with hoteliers and other tourism players on the coast who have seen it offer low cost tickets and packages to increase its market share.

It suspended plans to restart direct flights to Entebbe and Kigali last year due to strict Covid-19 containment measures, which reduced demand on the route.

The airline plans to start cargo activities on local and regional routes just a few months after launching operations on the Goma route.

Jambojet began flying the route on September 10, becoming the first airline to directly link the capital of North Kivu province and Nairobi.

The carrier said passengers to Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo will pay an average fare of Sh43,749 ($384.95) on a return ticket.

A one-way ticket will initially cost $190 (Sh21,593) from Goma but $207 (Sh23,535) from Nairobi.

The DRC market is currently served by national carrier Congo Airways, which flies to eight domestic destinations, including Goma, Kinshasa and Lubumbashi.

The DRC route is becoming one of the preferred routes for carriers, with airlines taking advantage of poor connectivity in this market.

Kenya, like many other countries, is seeking to take advantage of the DRC market by diversifying its export destinations, particularly at a time when the Covid-19-induced disruptions have highlighted the need for trade. more in-depth interregional.

The airline is taking advantage of the huge opportunities the African market has to offer and the growing demand for air connectivity in the region.

“There is a growing demand for air transport across the continent, with the International Air Transport Association predicting that Africa will become one of the fastest growing aviation regions over the next 20 years, with a average annual expansion of nearly 5%. As Jambojet, we want to be part of that growth,” Jambojet said in a previous interview.

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