Jambojet postpones plan to resume direct flights Entebbe, Kigali

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Jambojet postpones plan to resume direct flights Entebbe, Kigali


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A Jambojet plane at Kisumu International Airport. PHOTOS | TONNY OMONDI | NMG

Summary

  • Jambojet CEO Ndegwa Karanja said that with the stringent Covid-19 travel regulations in the two East African nations, the carrier has no plans to resume flights to those destinations anytime soon.
  • Uganda requires all passengers bound for Entebbe to perform a second PCR test upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status, with the exception of children under six and airline crew.
  • Jambojet has been booming and has recently expanded its flights to Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as it seeks expansion into the vast Central African country.

Jambojet has suspended plans to restart direct flights to Entebbe and Kigali due to tight Covid-19 containment measures, which have reduced demand on the route.

Jambojet’s chief executive, Ndegwa Karanja, said that with the stringent Covid-19 travel regulations in the two East African nations, the carrier has no plans to resume flights to those destinations as soon as demand for air travel too. will have decreased.

Uganda requires all passengers bound for Entebbe to perform a second PCR test upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status, with the exception of children under six and airline crew.

Tests cost $ 30 (Sh3, 352) and are conducted at the airport, implying that travelers will have to incur additional costs to enter the country.

“We may not want to enter travel-restricted markets like Entebbe and Rwanda anytime soon. The two nations are still implementing tough travel restrictions for Covid-19, “Ndegwa said Business newspaper during an interview yesterday.

The government of Rwanda however requires that if you test positive for Covid-19 on arrival or during your stay in Rwanda even if you are fully vaccinated, the severity of your symptoms will determine whether you are isolated in a government-run care center or in a hotel at your own expense.

“The harsh travel restrictions in the two countries have seen the demand for air travel decrease. Our sister airline is reducing its frequency on the routes, ”Ndegwa said.

Kenya Airways (KQ) in July reduced the number of flights from 12 per week to nine citing low loads on the route as passengers drift off the route.

Uganda is one of the key routes for KQ with most frequencies within the region and the low demand is likely to affect the carrier’s earnings.

Jambojet has been booming and has recently expanded its flights to Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as it seeks expansion into the vast Central African country.

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