In less than two months after launching daily flights from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Lamu on March 28 of this year, which are then returning via Malindi to Nairobi, news emerged that Jambojet, Kenya Airways’ inhouse low-cost carrier, has apparently reduced the service to just three times a week.
Operated by a Bombardier Q400, these flights will now operate every Monday, Friday and Saturday, primarily serving weekend traffic to and from Nairobi.
It could not be established if this change will only apply to the present low season and if daily services will resume later in the year.
Demand for JKIA-Lamu flights, even in combination with Malindi, according to a regular aviation source in Nairobi, apparently did not match the capacity of daily flights offered by Jambojet.
Kenya Airways also upped their flights from Nairobi to Malindi, using an Embraer E190 for their nonstop services, and it was, therefore, according to a usually well-informed source close to both airlines, just a matter of time before adjustments had to be made to the Jambojet schedule. The regular daily services out of Nairobi’s Wilson Airport by Safarilink and Air Kenya are continuing, however, without any changes though the aircraft type used may vary depending on the number of passengers booked.
Daily flights to Jambojet’s other new coast destination, Ukunda, in stark contrast, were on April 25 upped from one to two flights a day according to a media release by the airline at the time, when the airline’s CEO, Willem Hondius, was quoted saying, “As from coming Saturday (April 25), we will introduce a second daily frequency to Ukunda (Diani).”