Jambojet Friday launched maiden flights to Goma, the capital city of the North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC), as it seeks to penetrate the central Africa region./COURTESY NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 11 – Jambojet Friday launched maiden flights to Goma, the capital city of the North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC), as it seeks to penetrate the central Africa region.
The low-cost carrier, which is a subsidiary of the national carrier Kenya Airways, made the inaugural flight on Friday from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi to Goma airport becoming the first airline to connect directly to Goma.
The launch of the flights is among others aimed at opening up business and tourism opportunities between the two countries whose ties continue to deepen.
The two-hour flight will operate twice a week with the frequency expected to rise to four weeks on demand of more passengers.
Speaking during the event, Karanja Ndegwa, Jambojet Managing Director (MD) expressed the firm’s commitment to providing affordable and reliable services even as it seeks to expand its network in the continent
“We are excited about the growth prospects in the region. We have an ambitious plan to develop our network, and we are proud to be the first low-cost airline to venture down this route, Goma is a major and untapped tourist destination, with magnificent views of Lake Kivu, one of the iconic parks in the world, the Virunga National Park, to name a few. And with that comes the demand for travel between the two countries, as more and more professionals and investors come to the DRC.” Mr Ndegwa said. said
He said with the establishment of operations by various Kenyan firms in the Goma region , the flights will provide connectivity which will enable the growth of the two countries’ economy.
Among the firms that are operating in DRC include Equity and KCB Group,
Kenya’s Ambassador to Kinshasa George Masafu, who also attended the event, encouraged more Kenyans to take advantage of the route and increase business opportunities in various markets especially the mining, agriculture, tourism sectors.
“We have a lot of business opportunities here, Goma is the best farming province in DRC, with Jambojet here, it’s easier for Kenyans to travel and set up businesses, we are grateful for the newfound relation with DRC,” he said.
Also in attendance were the police vice-governor of North Kivu and the divisional commissioner Romy Ekuka.The return […]