May 9, 2013: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has received its aerodrome certificate for the year 2013 from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) in keeping with the requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Mr Edward Kobuthi Airport Manager JKIA commented: “This certification reaffirms our commitment to maintaining safety procedures at JKIA and we shall endeavor to operate within the parameters set by this certificate.”
Aerodrome certification is pegged on two requirements: the production of the Aerodrome Manual, detailing the infrastructural base of the airport and services offered. The second is evidence that the airport has developed a Safety Management Manual and is implementing the system in its operations.
Safety Management System has its origins in the US Air force Ballistic Missile Division, where safety was critical and there was no room for errors. ICAO adopted the system in 2006, to mitigate accidents in aviation, most of which were happening at airports. In 2008, KCAA came up with the Civil Aviation (Aerodromes) Regulations which domesticated the ICAO requirement for aerodromes certification. Just as you require a license from the local authority to run a business, operators of airports now require licenses or certificates to run their airports. Section 29 of the revised Civil Aviation (Aerodromes) Regulations 2013, provides:
“A person shall not operate an aerodrome used for international operations unless that person holds a certificate issued by the Authority in accordance with this Part.”
Mr. Harrison Machio, Manager Safety and Operations, KAA, said: "The Safety Department has pledged under the Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) to work closely with all airport managers to ensure every airport under KAA is certified. So far JKIA and MIA have met this milestone”
JKIA was initially certified in 2008 and has continued to be re-ertified ever since.