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Jambojet Ventures into Cargo Business, Sets 2nd Hub in Mombasa



Low-cost carrier, Jambojet, has announced plans to start cargo operations next month after approval from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to fly goods on its passenger flights on both local and regional destinations.

The airline says the cargo operations will target regional routes such as Goma in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and local markets that include Kisumu, Mombasa, Eldoret and Malindi. It will use the Dash 8-Q400 type of aircraft that it is currently using to ferry passengers on its routes. The flight type that can accommodate up to 78 passengers can carry up to 1.2 tonnes of cargo on a single trip.

Jambojet Managing Director Karanja Ndegwa says cargo transported in the domestic market weighing 45 kilogrammes and above, 100 kilogrammess and above and 250 kilogrammes and above will cost $45, $60, and $70, respectively. Cargo transported in the domestic market such as Mombasa that weighs less than 45 kilogrammes will attract a fee of $35, while that from Nairobi to Goma that weigh less than 45 kilogrammes will attract a fee of $100.

Meanwhile, plans are also underway for Jambojet to open a secondary hub in Mombasa in the next eight months, as it steps up its quest to expand its services locally and across the region. The MD said its secondary hub in Mombasa will allow the carrier to make a debut into routes that are currently not served by the carrier.

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