By Christine Muchira
Kenya Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with Jambojet for its flights to Malindi, Lamu, Ukunda (Diani) and Eldoret.
Under the agreement, which takes effect 1 August, Kenya Airways will put the ‘KQ’ designator code on the Jambojet flights to the the four destinations; allowing Kenya Airways to sell the Jambojet network to passengers coming from across the world.
A codeshare agreement is an aviation business arrangement where two or more airlines share the same flight.
The deal coincides with a capacity optimization strategy within the Kenya Airways group, which will make Jambojet grow its presence locally as Kenya Airways will now focus its domestic operations on Mombasa and Kisumu.
Jambojet flights will increase to 17 flights per week, creating seamless connections in both directions.
“We are delighted to seal this agreement, which will allow us to enhance connectivity between the two networks.
This will bring about a greater flow of both local and international travelers, and boost the number of tourists to the Coastal cities,” said Jambojet CEO Willem Hondius.
“Without a doubt the agreement will contribute to our growth as a low cost carrier and with the increased number of flights, we will further improve our service offering to our customers traveling to the South,” he explained.
Kenya Airways Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze said, “We continuously strive to improve air access in Kenya and the region as a whole by offering seamless connectivity for travelers.”
“Jambojet continues to be one of our key revenue generators and thus we will constantly work on strategic linkages to grow our domestic market. The codeshare strategy helps to strengthen both Kenya Airways and Jambojet, allowing for further growth in the region,” he explained.
In the two years of operation, the no-frills low-cost brand of Kenya Airways has achieved undeniable business growth; increased numbers of routes from four to seven, increased frequency of flights due to fleet expansion and flown over one million passengers.