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Jambojet sets up shop in Lamu Island

Low cost carrier among private sector investors in the county

27 April 2016

Travelers to and from Lamu County can now conveniently book their air tickets on the island. This follows the launch of the Jambojet offices in Lamu. The launch of the new offices comes barely a year after the low cost brand of Kenya Airways launched its maiden flight to the coastal archipelago; a renowned tourism destination.

Currently, Jambojet flies the Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 aircraft which carries 78 passengers on the Lamu route. Since the launch, the total number of passenger travelling to Lamu went up by 71% compared to the previous year. Speaking during the launch, Jambojet CEO Willem Hondius said the addition of the sales office will go a long way in ensuring that both residents of Lamu County and the tourists who frequent the island are able to conveniently access tickets to Malindi and Nairobi.

“Beyond just enabling our customers to fly affordably, we are keen on offering convenience through our various booking platforms. One should be able to access us on phone, but still be able to reach our teams in case of any travel concerns,” he further explained. Currently, Jambojet flies daily to and from Nairobi with either outbound or inbound stops in Malindi.

Commending the move by the carrier, Lamu County Governor Issa Timamy said that the new office is a big boost to the tourism infrastructure of Lamu County, “As the county government, we continually encourage partnerships with private sector investors, to enable us package competitive bouquets for both domestic and international tourism.”

Last year, the Lamu County Government set aside 73 million shillings to revive the tourism sector in the region. This was a 95 percent increment from the previous fiscal year and was aimed at boosting the sector whose growth bore the brunt of travel advisories from key global source markets.