Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has now achieved Last Point of Departure status. This allows JKIA to facilitate direct flights between Kenya and the US. Kenya Airports Authority : JKIA Achieves Last Point of Departure Status Paving Way for Direct Flights to the US
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JKIA Achieves Last Point of Departure Status Paving Way for Direct Flights to the US

Following the announcement between His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Donald Trump, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has now achieved Last Point of Departure status. This allows JKIA to facilitate direct flights between Kenya and the US.

Kenya’s National Carrier Kenya Airways will now fly directly to the US, presenting new opportunities for Kenyans in Travel, Trade and Commerce. The first flight is scheduled to depart on 28th of October 2018.

“This is a major achievement for Kenya as JKIA becomes one of the elite African airports to be certified as a last point of departure to the United States. JKIA is now poised to become the premier hub in Africa.” said KAA Managing Director, Jonny Andersen.

JKIA Ranked Best Airport in Africa in the 2018 AirHelp Annual Score ratings of the world’s best airlines and airports.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s (JKIA) has been ranked as the best Airport in Africa and 38th globally by the Air help worldwide ranking group in the 2018 AirHelp Annual Score ratings of the world’s best airlines and airports. The ranking was based on a recent assessment of quality of service, on-time performance, and passenger experience at airports.

AirHelp Score rankings examined data from December 22, 2017, to March 20, 2018, factoring in delayed and canceled flights, public reviews from trustworthy sources and social media sentiments. JKIA scored highly, stumping its African peers and hosts of globally respected airports.

“JKIA airport has earned its position as a key aviation hub for the region and indeed the continent. Being the main gateway to the country, continuous improvement of service standards will aid our success in reclaiming our position as the premier tourist destination on the continent,” said Mr Andersen.

Mr. Andersen noted that under his stewardship, KAA continues to set new standards of services to customers, as a result, the authority recently launched the JKIA Service Charter, a document that promises to improve service delivery at the region’s busiest airport.

The 2018 AirHelp Score marks the company’s sixth report since it began evaluations in 2015. AirHelp developed this annual report to combine expert knowledge and industry expertise to give air passengers all the information they need to informatively book a flight and feel confident in their choices.
Early this year, JKIA was recorgnised as the best-improved airport in Africa in the prestigious 2017 Airport Council International (ACI) Airport Service Quality Awards. Jomo Kenyatta emerged winner in the Best Improvement by Region-Africa Category in what is considered as the aviation industry’s most comprehensive passenger service-benchmarking program that captured passengers’ experience at all airport passenger contact points at more than 300 airports worldwide.

KAA Ushers In New Chairman- Mr. Isaac Awuondo

The Cabinet Secretary Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development Mr. James Macharia accompanied by the Principal Secretary Department of Transport Prof Maringa Mwangi, today officially welcomed the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kenya Airports Authority, Mr. Isaac Awuondo.

The Cabinet Secretary congratulated the Chairman on his appointment by His Excellency the President and noted that Mr. Awuondo is an accomplished professional with a proven track record, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board and the Authority.

He underscored that Kenya Airports Authority is one the four key strategic State Corporations. Further, that KAA has a critical role in execution of Government policy on the integrated transport system.

The Cabinet Secretary assured the Chairman, the Board and Management of the Ministry’s support in maintaining and enhancing JKIA’s Hub status as it looks to attain Last Point of Departure (LPD) status; and Open Skies becoming a reality.

KAA Ushers In New Chairman- Mr. Isaac Awuondo

The Cabinet Secretary Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development Mr. James Macharia accompanied by the Principal Secretary Department of Transport Prof Maringa Mwangi, today officially welcomed the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kenya Airports Authority, Mr. Isaac Awuondo.

The Cabinet Secretary congratulated the Chairman on his appointment by His Excellency the President and noted that Mr. Awuondo is an accomplished professional with a proven track record, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board and the Authority.

He underscored that Kenya Airports Authority is one the four key strategic State Corporations. Further, that KAA has a critical role in execution of Government policy on the integrated transport system.

The Cabinet Secretary assured the Chairman, the Board and Management of the Ministry’s support in maintaining and enhancing JKIA’s Hub status as it looks to attain Last Point of Departure (LPD) status; and Open Skies becoming a reality

JKIA Wins Best Improved Airport Award in Africa

Airports Council International (ACI) – the voice of world airports; has today recognized Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for its excellence in customer service. JKIA has been named as the best-improved airport in Africa in the prestigious 2017 Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. This recognition is a testament to the airport’s on-going commitment to service excellence.

Jomo Kenyatta emerged winner in the Best Improvement by Region-Africa Category in what is considered as the aviation industry’s most comprehensive passenger service-benchmarking program; the ACI ASQ Survey has captured passengers’ experience at all airport passenger contact points at more than 340 airports worldwide. ACI ASQ has industry recognition as a world-class benchmarking program that aims to allow airports plan improvements and benchmark their customer services against other airports.

Kenya Airports Authority’s Managing Director, Jonny Andersen noted that the recognition was timely; coming at a time that JKIA is undergoing major reorganisation and modernisation works set to stamp it’s position as a regional hub. Just recently, the JKIA Service Charter was signed by all Government Agencies committing them to providing consistent, professional and high-quality service

“Today’s recognition shows that the measures we have put in place to improve services are beginning to bear fruit. The benefits of all agencies working as a team are clear to see. We still have a lot to do but I believe that we are on the right track.” Mr. Andersen added.

Notice: We are not Offering Job Opportunities at a Fee

We have noted with concern that some unscrupulous people are using the name of Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) and JKIA to dupe the public about the possibility of getting job opportunities at a fee. The culprits have put up a fake post on Facebook to convince unsuspecting members of the public to send money to them through mobile money.

The Public is hereby informed that KAA has clear policies and procedures for recruitment of staff, which start with a formal vacancy advertisement in the media and website (www.kaa.go.ke). Any application for a vacancy should therefore be in response to such an advert. NO PAYMENT REQUIRED.

An investigation on this has since been launched, in the meantime, the public is warned to desist from dealing with persons promising jobs at a fee.

Prestigious FIFA World Cup Trophy Lands at JKIA

It’s finally here! The most prestigious association football trophy, FIFA World Cup trophy, in the world has arrived in Kenya ahead of a two day tour.

The trophy shall be received by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, Monday afternoon, with the public expected to have a chance to view it on Tuesday at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

The trophy jetted in with a host of FIFA officials at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport –JKIA Monday afternoon ahead of two-day tour in the country, which will allow soccer fans to spend time with it and take photographs.

Ministry of Sports & Heritage Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa while at JKIA received the trophy, also in attendance of the high profile event was CS Tourism Najib Balala as well as Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia.

This is the third time the trophy has landed in Nairobi following similar stops in 2010 and 2013, ahead of the World Cup tournaments in South Africa and Brazil, respectively.

It is the second trophy to be used in the World Cup tournament, after the first trophy, the Jules Rimet trophy, was stolen in 1983. Nigeria, Senegal, Morrocco, Tunisia and Egypt will represent Africa in this year’s tournament set to be held from the 14th of June to the 15th of July in Russia.

Silverstone Air Launches Kisumu – Mombasa Direct Flights

Five months after launching daily flights into Kisumu from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, Silverstone Air has launched a direct route from Kisumu to Mombasa International Airport.

The initiative is set to revolutionise trade and tourism between the Lake Region Economic Block Counties and the Jumuia za Pwani.

The Sh10,000 one way flight and Sh20,000 return will see the plane fly Kisumu-Mombasa route twice weekly on Fridays and Sundays departing Kisumu at 1pm arriving at the coastal town at 2.30 pm and setting off on the return path at 3 pm to land at the lakeside airport at 4.40 pm.

Silverstone Air Launches Kisumu – Mombasa Direct Flights

Five months after launching daily flights into Kisumu from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, Silverstone Air has launched a direct route from Kisumu to Mombasa International Airport.

The initiative is set to revolutionise trade and tourism between the Lake Region Economic Block Counties and the Jumuia za Pwani.

The Sh10,000 one way flight and Sh20,000 return will see the plane fly Kisumu-Mombasa route twice weekly on Fridays and Sundays departing Kisumu at 1pm arriving at the coastal town at 2.30 pm and setting off on the return path at 3 pm to land at the lakeside airport at 4.40 pm.

Kenya Airways starts non-stop daily flight to New York

Kenya Airways has marked a great milestone with the launch of a non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York. The national carrier starts selling today tickets for the inaugural flight which is scheduled for October 28th this year.

Kenya Airways becomes the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.

The airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia.

The opening of the US destination completes an essential piece for Kenya Airways’ network, cementing its position as one of the leading African carriers.

“This is an exciting moment for us. It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa. We are honored to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa.” said Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz.

With over 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, the launch of daily flights is expected to further spur trade between America and Africa.

Kenya Airways will offer its customers a unique travel experience between two great gateways. It will be the fastest connection from East Africa to New York, with a 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound.

The ultra-long-haul flight, unique to Kenya Airways network, will require 4 Pilots and 12 Flight attendants as well as 85 tons of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation.

The airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers.

The flight will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:25 the following day.

From New York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day. Its duration will be 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound.

This convenient schedule will allow connections to and from over 40 African destinations through Kenya Airways hub in Nairobi.

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