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KAA Becomes First Airport Authority in Africa to Sign The Buckingham Palace Declaration.

Kenya Airports Authority has joined more than 100 transport sector companies who have confirmed their support to combat wildlife trafficking by signing the United for Wildlife (UFW) Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration. The agreement sets out tangible steps that can be taken to close the routes exploited by traffickers of the illegal wildlife trade as they attempt to move their products from rare and vulnerable ecosystems to market.

The signing ceremony took place during the Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition held at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong.

The illegal wildlife trade threatens the future existence of many of the world’s most iconic species and is one of the five most lucrative global crimes. The declaration is a landmark agreement which forms an action plan to strengthen and coordinate action against trafficking. It brings focus and collaboration to efforts by airports and other stakeholders to break the link between the rapidly escalating poaching crisis in regions like Africa and the demand for illegal wildlife products elsewhere around the world.

“Species are being hunted to extinction through the illegal killing and trading of wild animals. We seek to build a broad international coalition to be truly effective in combatting these deplorable practices,” ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said. “Airports play a key role in this fight and those that have become new signatories to the Buckingham Palace Declaration have demonstrated their commitment to combatting this trade. We encourage more airports and more of our partners to collaborate with us in this important work.”

Chair of the United for Wildlife Taskforce, Lord William Hague, said, “I wholeheartedly welcome those members of ACI who have committed to join our Taskforce by signing the Buckingham Palace Declaration, and would like to thank ACI for providing such an opportunity.”

Managing Director and CEO of Kenya Airports Authority, Jonny Andersen, commented, “Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is the first Airport Authority in Africa to have signed the Buckingham Palace declaration. This is as a result of recognizing the threat of illegal trade in the region and taking proactive actions. We have committed to the fight against Illegal Wildlife Trafficking by enacting laws, developing policies and procedures and training our personnel to ensure that illegal wildlife products do not pass through our airports.”

The issue was a feature at a forum at the ACI Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition, which helped airports identify opportunities to develop a framework of action against wildlife trafficking. Airports Council International is one of several industry partners working with the USAID ROUTES Partnership to engage and support industry, provide training and raise awareness.

Kenya Launches Africa’s First Airport Solar Project

A first of its kind pilot project in Africa consisting of a ground-mounted 500kW solar power generation facility and mobile airport gate electric equipment was launched today at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya.

By providing pre-conditioned air and compatible electricity that runs on solar energy to aircraft during ground operations, this new solar-at-gate project will eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft parked at the gate, which currently use their auxiliary power unit (APU) powered by jet fuel or airport ground power units (GPU) fueled by diesel to run on-board systems and cooling before departing for their next flight.

The solar facility will generate 820,000 kWh per year and will avoid at least 1,300 tonnes of CO₂ every year, while the airport gate equipment will serve more than 2,500 flights per year, demonstrating a concrete solution to reduce aviation carbon emissions. “It is not only a transformative development in the aviation sector of Kenya – and of the continent – but it is also an inspiring model of how such change can best be accomplished”, said Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

“I wish that this ‘Solar-at-Gate’ project serves as an inspiration and that we could see its replication in many other States in support of a low emissions air transport.” The inauguration ceremony was attended by more than 150 representatives from all ICAO Member States, including ICAO Council Members, representatives of international organizations and officials from Civil Aviation Authorities, airport authorities, and relevant stakeholders.

This pilot project was implemented as part of a €6.5 million initiative, entitled “Capacity Building for CO2 Mitigation from International Aviation”, implemented by ICAO and funded by the European Union, which targets 14 States – 12 of them from the African region and two from the Caribbean region – to address carbon emissions in the aviation sector. “I would like to acknowledge the financial, technical and strategic support of ICAO and the European Union” recognised Capt. Gilbert Kibe, Director General of Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

“Through this initiative, we were able to develop Kenya’s Action Plan to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Aviation and identify the use of solar energy at airports as a measure to contribute to global efforts to minimize aviation’s carbon footprint. I am pleased to announce to all of you here today that this project has been an incentive for Kenya Airports Authority to move ahead and adopt a new strategy of green energy at Moi international Airport. Our target will be among other targets, operating on zero-carbon emissions by 2020.” Mr. Jonny Andersen, Managing Director of Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) noted.

The expected savings on electricity as well as reduction in carbon emissions will contribute towards the efficient operations of Moi International Airport” Today’s inauguration ceremony is followed by a capacity building seminar with the focal points of the 12 African States that are part of the ICAO and European Union partnership. This will be the last of four Seminars organized under this project in the region to support the preparation of Action Plans on Emissions Reduction, the establishment of emissions inventories and the implementation of mitigation measures.

Misc. Application No. 67 of 2013 KAA vs World Duty Free Company Limited

On 5th October 2018 the Court delivered its ruling on the above matter by holding the Arbitral Award rendered by the Arbitrator vide a letter dated 21st January 2013 is contrary to public policy on account of the fact that the arbitrator disregarded, ignored and or misinterpreted the legal effect of 2006 decision by the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) between World Duty Free Company limited (WDF) and the Government of Kenya (GOK). The Court held that the ICSID decision which had held the agreement dated 27th April 1989 between GOK & WDF was illegal, null and void because it was procured through bribery and corruption was binding to Kenyan courts and to all parties.

The Effect of this ruling by the Court is;
• Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is not liable to pay or settle to WDF, the sum of USD 78,554,419.2(KSHS 8.5Billion). The said award on damages was set aside
• Neither WDF nor Kamlesh Patni has any right to operate duty free shops and to advertise at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Moi International Airport.

We are pleased to note that the decision of the Court brings to closure the long outstanding disputes and Court cases between KAA and WDF which dates back 30 years.

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.

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