NAIROBI, Kenyan low-cost carrier Jambojet has rescinded its decision to suspend its flights to Lamu, a small town on the country’s northern coast which is a popular tourist resort.
The decision follows an announcement by the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) that repair works on the runway at Lamu airport had been completed and Jambojet is now allowed to use the full runway at the airstrip.
Commenting on the new development, Jambojet chief executive officer Willem Hondius said Saturday that the refurbished runway would allow Jambojet to carry full capacity thus bringing more passengers to Lamu.
“We are glad that the Ministry of Transport, in conjunction with the regulator, have made it possible for us to fly back to the heritage-rich island starting 15th January 2015,” he added.
“Furthermore, we are making changes to our schedules to introduce circular flights that will ensure non-stop flights for passengers between Nairobi and Lamu. This enables passengers for both Lamu and Malindi to fly non-stop on the routes.“
The move by Jambojet to introduce the circular flights will certainly boost the resurgent tourism sector considering that Lamu is an important attraction forming part of the coastal tourism circuit.
Currently, Jambojet flies the Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 aircraft which carries 78 passengers on the Lamu route. It launched flights to the coastal archipelago in March last year and has since seen passenger numbers rise despite the capacity limitations.
During the past period the total number of passenger travelling to Lamu went up by 71 per cent compared with the previous year.
Jambojet recorded a 17 per cent jump in passenger numbers for the nine months ended December compared with the same period in 2014, buoyed by the introduction of various new routes including Lamu.