JAMBOJET’S HALT OF LAMU FLIGHTS HAND BUSINESS TO WILSON BASED OPERATORS
(Posted 19th July 2017)
While Jambojet may have quietly pulled out of Lamu again – flights were halted this time without a single announcement in another major communications failure by the low cost carrier – ostensibly over concerns of the runway and apron condition, have other airlines continued to fly into the coastal archipelago.
Safarilink’s Anu Vohora has confirmed that flights continue uninterrupted and it was learned that Air Kenya, Skyward and a few others too are operating their regular scheduled flights as advertised out of Wilson Airport.
Skyward in particular is using a Bombardier Dash8-300 aircraft on the route, not much different from the larger Bombardier Q400NG used by Jambojet so the concerns of one clearly may not be the concern of others.
Air operators and tourism stakeholders however have expressed their disappointment over the rapid deterioration of the surface of the paved runway and apron given that it was not even two years since the airport’s runway has been extended. Notably did at the time Jambojet also pull out of the route, as it was later on learned to compel the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority to approve the work done by KAA and formally give the new runway the green light.
Visitors to Lamu, flying in from Nairobi and Mombasa, can be assured of business as usual as the resorts and hotels are fully operating and ready to receive their visitors with open arms.