KENYA – Budget airline Jambojet has launched flights to Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as it seeks expansion in the vast central African country.

Jambojet, a subsidiary of the national carrier Kenya Airways, made the inaugural flight on 10th September 2021, becoming the first airline to directly connect the capital of North Kivu province and Nairobi. 

It will be flying twice a week to Goma from its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and the company’s officials said the frequency could rise to four per week if traffic permits. The flight takes two hours one way.

“We are excited about the growth prospects in the region. We have an ambitious plan to develop our network, and we are proud to be the first low-cost airline to venture down this route,” said Karanja Ndegwa, Jambojet Managing Director in his speech on the occasion.

Jambojet wants to increase its fleet and link Nairobi to other cities in the DRC, but the choice of Goma as the first city is justified by the economic and tourist opportunities that North Kivu has.

Goma is also the nearest point of interest for Kenya which has recently entered a Memorandum of Understandings with the government in Kinshasa to increase cooperation.

The DRC is also awaiting admission to the East African Community, something which could make Goma an important city for the region.

“We have an ambitious plan to develop our network, and we are proud to be the first low-cost airline to venture down this route”

Karanja Ndegwa – Managing Director, Jambojet


“The DRC is a growing regional economy and several Kenyan companies have already established operations in this region. For example, two of Kenya’s largest commercial banks, Equity and KCB. And with that comes the demand for travel between the two countries, as more and more professionals and investors come to the DRC. I should also mention that Goma is a major and untapped tourist destination, with magnificent views of Lake Kivu, one of the iconic parks in the world, the Virunga National Park, to name a few,” Mr. Ndegwa said.

The price of the round trip Nairobi-Goma is set at US$397 (Sh43,670) on an initial promotional offer.

A one-way flight will initially cost US$190 (Sh20,900) from Goma but US$207 (Sh22,770) from Nairobi.

This comes as another East African airline RwandAir has recently introduced flights to Goma and Lubumbashi

Rwanda’s flag carrier announced weeks earlier that they will be starting flights to the Democratic Republic of Congo on a date that is yet to be announced.

The move is a direct competition to Jambojet in a route that lacks good connectivity both domestically and internationally.

DRC market is currently served by the national carrier Congo Airways, which flies to eight domestic destinations, including Goma, Kinshasa and Lubumbashi.




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