Mareeg.com-Kenya’s local carrier, Jambojet, will start flying to Somali and Burundi as part of its plan to grow its regional presence, the Kenya Airways Chief Executive Sebastian Mikosz has said. The Mogadishu flights will start on 15th November. Speaking to Capital in The Morning Mikosz said the airline sees an opportunity in the growing regional air traffic. Mikosz said that the Kenya Airways subsidiary is being positioned as a regional carrier, flying within 2-hour destinations, “from Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar or Entebbe.”
“We want to use smaller and cheaper planes but fly to more destinations more frequently,” said Mikosz. He said increased local flights by Jambojet will boost the profile of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as an interconnectivity hub. In addition to seven destinations in Kenya, Jambojet expanded to Uganda in February 2018 flying to Entebbe daily.
The move by the Kenyan carrier to fly to the Somali capital comes just days after Ethiopian Airlines, one of the biggest carriers in Africa, resumed regular flights to Mogadishu this month, after nearly four decades. Ethiopian Airlines suspended its operations in Somalia following the outbreak of hostilities between the neighbours in the late 1970s.