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Published on : Sunday, January 10, 2016
Following the repair works on the runway at Lamu airport, Kenyan low-cost carrier Jambojet has cancelled its decision to suspend its flights to Lamu, a small town on the country’s northern coast which is a popular tourist resort.
The decision was announced by the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) that Jambojet is now allowed to use the full runway at the airstrip.
Jambojet chief executive officer Willem Hondius said Saturday that the refurbished runway would allow Jambojet to carry full capacity thus bringing more passengers to Lamu.
“We are making changes to our schedules to introduce circular flights that will ensure non-stop flights for passengers between Nairobi and Lamu. This enables passengers for both Lamu and Malindi to fly non-stop on the routes,” he added.
Lamu is an important attraction forming part of the coastal tourism circuit and thus the move by Jambojet to introduce the circular flights will certainly boost the resurgent tourism sector.
Currently, Jambojet flies the Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 aircraft which carries 78 passengers on the Lamu route. It launched flights to the coastal archipelago in March last year and has since seen passenger numbers rise despite the capacity limitations.