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Jambojet yet to set date for international flights

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Travellers board a Jambojet plane. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Budget carrier Jambojet is yet to issue a date for resumption of international flights two months since the international borders were opened.
  • The carrier’s chief executive officer Ndegwa Karanja says the company has not settled on a date when to resume the Kigali and Entebbe flights.

Budget carrier Jambojet is yet to issue a date for resumption of international flights two months since the international borders were opened.

The carrier’s chief executive officer Ndegwa Karanja says the company has not settled on a date when to resume the Kigali and Entebbe flights.

This comes at a time when Uganda, which was the remaining country in East African Community to open up its international airspace, lifted the ban last week allowing international flights to fly back to Entebbe.

“We still don’t have a date when we are resuming Entebbe and Kigali flights,” Mr Karanja told the Business Daily in an interview.

International flights, which had been grounded by Covid-19 in March this year, resumed on August 1 having been preceded by domestic flights on July 15.

Jambojet said that it was delaying international flights because of low demand and strict Covid-19 requirement on compliance before the citizens from other countries are admitted in foreign countries.

Rwanda’s Ministry of infrastructure, for instance announced that passengers entering Kigali will be required to take a second test upon arrival with the results expected within 24 hours. This will be in addition to the test that they would have taken in their home countries in the last 72 hours.

Kigali will require international passengers arriving in Rwanda to quarantine in selected hotel rooms that cost between $20 to $40 dollars a day, implying that travellers will have to incur double cost to enter the country.

East African citizens are required to pay $50 for the Covid-19 test while foreigners coming outside of the region will have to part with $100 for the procedure.

The carrier suspended flight to Rwanda and Uganda in March citing low passenger numbers to these regional routes.