The decision follows a drastic slump in air travel demand globally after governments closed borders, companies banned lucrative business travel and conferences and events were canceled in response to coronavirus.
Jambojet started flying to Kigali in November 2019 and recently bought two De Havilland aircraft, flying from Jomo Kenyatta Airport to Kigali International airport once a day.
The airline announced it was suspending flights to Kigali via Twitter in an announcement that reads: "Over the past few weeks, there has been a global spread of the COVID-19 which resulted in a decrease of airline passengers, especially on the international routes. As a result, Jambojet has decided to suspend its services to Kigali, Rwanda, and Entebbe, Uganda with immediate effect."
Jambojet will keep operating its flights to Malindi, Ukunda, Mombasa, Kisumu, and Eldoret in Kenya. The airline cancels Kigali and Entebbe flights at a time when major airlines in the world are struggling to keep afloat. Since its establishment in 2014, Jambojet has transported more than 3 million passengers.
Flights from Kigali to Nairobi cost Rwf 102,000. Jambojet obtained a flight permit from Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA) on November 19th, 2019.