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Jambojet Launches Direct Flights from Zanzibar to Mombasa

The new route will operate four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with flights departing Mombasa at 5:10 PM and arriving in Zanzibar at 6:05 PM, covering a distance of 55 minutes.

by Jacky Muraba
Ribbon Cutting L to R Osman Mohammed, CECM Tourism, Mombasa County Hon. Mudrick Soraga, Minister of Tourism, Zanzibar Karanja Ndegwa, CEO & MD Jambojet Hon. Dr Bernard Kibesse, High Commissioner, Tanzania

In a significant investment in the aviation sector, Jambojet Limited has introduced a new direct flight route from Zanzibar to Mombasa, Kenya, aiming to enhance socio-economic growth in tourism, trade, and culture, in line with the East Africa Vision 2050.

The inaugural flight, which departed from Mombasa’s Moi International Airport and arrived at Zanzibar’s Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, was marked by a celebratory event attended by dignitaries from the Embassy of Kenya to Tanzania, government representatives from both countries, and Jambojet executives.

The new route will operate four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with flights departing Mombasa at 5:10 PM and arriving in Zanzibar at 6:05 PM, covering a distance of 55 minutes.

The round-trip fare starts at KES 24,420 (TZS 495,000), making air travel more accessible to the masses.

“We are committed to providing outstanding service at competitive rates, enabling more people to travel across East Africa,” said Jambojet CEO, Mr. Karanja Ndegwa. “Our goal is to make air travel accessible to everyone, and this new route reflects our efforts to achieve that.”

The airline will operate De Havilland Dash 8 400 aircraft, capable of carrying 78 to 82 passengers, completing the Zanzibar-Mombasa journey in under an hour and facilitating convenient connections to other destinations, including Nairobi, Dubai, Frankfurt, and Milan.

“This new route is crucial not only in facilitating quick and affordable air travel but also in strengthening commercial, tourist, and cultural ties between Tanzania and Kenya,” said Issac Njenga, Kenya’s Ambassador to Tanzania.

The Zanzibar Minister of Tourism and Heritage, Mudrik Ramadhan Soragha, welcomed the new route, stating that it will significantly contribute to boosting tourism on the islands, which are largely dependent on the sector.

Mombasa Governor, Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir, also expressed optimism, saying, “Jambojet is opening up many socio-economic opportunities for Zanzibar and Mombasa. We expect more tourists and traders to benefit from this affordable and fast direct flight.”

With this new route, Jambojet is expanding its reach in the East African region, building on its success since its establishment in 2014 as a part of Kenya Airways. The airline has served over 7.5 million passengers, attracting 44% of first-time flyers and holding more than 54% of the domestic air travel market share in Kenya.

Jambojet also operates flights to Nairobi, Kisumu, Eldoret, Lamu, Malindi, Diani, and Goma in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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