(Left to right: Jackson Mandago - Governor, Uasin Gishu County, Willem Hondius - CEO Jambojet and Daniel Chemno - Deputy Governor, Uasin Gishu County)
The airline, which has grown the Kenya’s domestic market by about 30%, officially opened its Eldoret office today at a ceremony presided over by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago.
Jambojet launched operations one year ago is banking on the anticipated growth in passenger numbers as traders, investors, professionals, tourists and government workers seek convenient, safe and affordable travel. Jambojet CEO Willem Hondius announced that the airline is now doing non-stop flights to Eldoret. “Previously, we had stopovers in Kisumu. Our customers in Eldoret and the surrounding counties like Kericho, Trans Nzoia and West Pokot have been asking for non-stop connection to and from Nairobi,” said Hondius.
The airline flies twice daily between Eldoret and Nairobi. Fares start at Ksh 2,950 but could rise depending on how early one has booked their flight.
According to Hondius, trade between counties will be a major factor in driving the growth of the domestic aviation market, hence the decision to target the North Rift region. “Counties are inter-linked economically, socially and culturally. We are hoping to exploit such inter-linkages to further grow the market by providing a convenient and affordable travel option,” explained Hondius.
Governor Mandago hailed Jambojet for introducing affordable air travel in the region, saying it would spur trade and tourism. “We are delighted by Jambojet’s decision to introduce non-stop flights to Eldoret. This will no doubt boost economic activities not just in Uasin Gishu County but the entire North Rift region,” said Mandago.