Jambojet opens bookings

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According to eTurboNews, Jambojet, a new low-cost airline started by Kenya Airways, has begun selling tickets for travel between four Kenyan cities – Nairobi, Kisumu, Eldorat and Mombasa. Prices start at $33, but cover the price of the seat and hand luggage only. Any bags booked into the hold or refreshments consumed on board will cost extra. The airline will start flying on 1 April.

Jambojet will fly five times a day between Nairobi and Mombasa, twice a day to Kisumu and 10 times a week to Eldoret.

It is widely expected that Kenya Airways will reduce its own flights between Nairobi and Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret accordingly, to ‘make space’ for flights by Jambojet, but retain key connectivity city pairs linking passengers arriving on international services and flying beyond Kenya’s capital.

Jambojet’s concept is based on outsourcing services and leasing of aircraft from parent company Kenya Airways, allowing it to mitigate cost structures other airlines are stuck with.

Travel agency sources in Nairobi and Mombasa are already predicting a significant shift of traffic from rail and road to Jambojet, and while last minute bookings will be more costly, anyone who books well in advance of travel should secure a good price.

Bookings can be made online at www.jambojet.com.