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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.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Rated African Airport of the Year

The STAT Media Group – a dynamic media organization dedicated to provide in-depth information coverage for the Aviation, Tourism, Shipping & Transport industries, globally; has recognized Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for its excellence in Air Cargo.

JKIA received the ‘Highly Acclaimed, African Airport of the Year Award during the 4th edition of ACA 2019 Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa. At hand to receive the award on behalf of the authority was KAA Ag. Commercial Manager-Cargo, Mr Evans Michoma, and Corporate Affairs, Sam Mutahi.

This recognition is a testament to the airport’s on-going commitment to service excellence.

Excellence in air cargo awarded at ACA 2019 in Johannesburg

Kenya Airports Authority Update on the Strike Notice by the Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWU)

Kenya Airports Authority would like to inform the public and all its stakeholders that the 7 day strike notice issued by Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWU) on 29th January 2019, stands suspended for a period of 60 days, to allow for further deliberations.

This was announced by KAWU Secretary General, Mr. Moses Ndiema at a press conference attended by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, James Macharia and COTU Secretary General, Francis Atwoli.
We wish to assure the public that operations at all our airports are normal.

KAA Kicks off Public Participation on The Privately Initiated Investment Proposal (PIIP) From Kenya Airways PLC

NAIROBI, January 23, 2019:  The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) on October 3, 2018 received a Privately Initiated Investment Proposal (PIIP) from Kenya Airways PLC requesting that the Airline be granted a concession to operate, maintain and develop the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
In the PIIP, Kenya Airways PLC has proposed to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) specifically dedicated to operating, managing and developing JKIA for a period of 30 years (the Concession).

An SPV is a subsidiary of a company which is protected from the parent company’s financial risk. It is set up under conditions set out in Section 59 of the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Act.

Jonny Andersen, KAA Managing Director/CEO said the Authority’s Board of Directors and the Management will consider the proposal on the basis of the guidelines within the PPP Act, which incorporates the requirement of public participation.
“As our valued stakeholders, it is mandatory and important that we get the views and feedback of all relevant stakeholders on the proposals made by KQ in the PIIP,” said Mr. Andersen.

The PPP Act, Section 2 (1) defines a PIIP as a “proposal that is originated by a private party without the involvement of a contracting authority (CA) and may include information that enables a complete evaluation of the proposal as if it were a bid”.

A PIIP is required to satisfy defined criteria, follow statutory steps and obtain approvals from the relevant regulators.

“The Board of Directors and Management of KAA therefore appointed Transaction Advisers to advise it on the PIIP, including carrying out a comprehensive due diligence and evaluation of the PIIP,” said Mr. Andersen.

In the following weeks, KAA will host several public participation forums with different stakeholders in line with Article 174 of the Constitution of Kenya, which enhances the participation of the people in the exercise of the powers of the State and in making decisions affecting them.

Due to the unique interests of the different airport stakeholders, the Authority will hold separate forums or engagements for different stakeholders to enable effective engagement and ensure that the respective concerns of different stakeholders are incorporated.

KAA invites the public to participate in evaluating the details of the PIIP in the following location and dates:

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.

KAA Shines During KICTEA Annual Awards Gala

Kenya Airports Authority was named the winner of this year’s ICT in Vision 2030 Award at this year’s Kenya ICT Excellence Awards (KICTEA) Gala held in October at Radisson Blue Hotel. KAA’s General Manager, Kasaine Ole Pertet also received the CIO of The Year Award during the event organized by the Computer Society of Kenya.

The aim of the awards is to recognize companies and individuals who have excelled in various categories in the field of Information and Communications Technology in Kenya and the region. The event attracted the patronage of Government and business leaders. Apart from Mr. Pertet, KAA Managers Angela Tilitei, Nelson Chege, Ahmed Isaak and Alloys Siaya were present at the event.

History Made as Kenya Airways Start Direct Flights to US

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft christened “Magical Kenya” touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 9.07 a.m. – nearly an hour and a half ahead of schedule on Tuesday.

The flight departed Nairobi for New York on Sunday, departed the American city on Monday at 8pm Kenyan time onto a much shorter flight that took approximately 12 hours to Nairobi – down from earlier estimated flight duration of 14 hours.

The flight, which had 234 passengers on board, has now made history by being the first direct, non-stop flight from East Africa to the United States of America (USA).

Making his keynote address soon after welcoming the maiden flight, Deputy President William Ruto hailed the flight as an historic milestone for tourism, trade and investment between Kenya and the USA.

Deputy President Ruto said,“Kenya Airways’ direct flight to the U.S. is an important milestone for Kenya as tourism destination considering that the U.S. is currently Kenya’s leading tourism source market with a market share of 12% of arrivals to Kenya. The direct flight will save travelers at least 7 hours of flying time, and thus provide a shorter, quicker and more affordable connection for tourists and business travelers coming to Kenya. This will substantially boost Kenya’s global profile as a tourism destination.”

Commenting on the significance of the national carrier’s direct flight to the US, KAA Chairman, Mr. Isaac Awuondo said, “Apart from cargo tonnage, we expect the direct flights to boost passenger traffic in and out of JKIA. We will now be in a position to compete with other African countries who have direct flights into the US for that lucrative market. We at KAA se a brighter future because of opportunity to recoup the investments we have made in improving the infrastructure.”

He added that the KQ direct flight to the USA will provide the impetus needed to spur innovation in packaging all the unique and authentic travel experiences that Kenya has to offer.

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 Shines at ACI Customer Excellence Summit 2018

KAA MD, Jonny Andersen, on Wednesday received the Award for the Most Improved Airport (JKIA) in Africa during the ACI-ASQ Awards ceremony held on the sidelines of the ongoing ACI Customer Excellence Summit 2018 in Halifax, Canada.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was early this year feted for it’s excellence in customer service based on feedback from passengers captured by ACI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey. Casablanca Airport in Morocco was named the best in Africa with Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Intl. Airport in Mauritius coming in 2nd.

Marketing Manager, Research Mr. Joash Mboga and Ag. Marketing Manager Brand Ms. Debra Ondaba accompanied Mr. Andersen to the annual ACI Customer Experience Summit.

All Systems Set for Direct Flights to the United States

JKIA has officially received the Last Point of Departure (LPD) certificate allowing Kenya Airways to fly directly to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The certificate was presented to Kenya Airways by US Ambassador Bob Godec in an event presided by Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport Mr. James Macharia and the ministry’s Principle Secretary, Ms. Esther Koimett.

While speaking at the event, KAA Board Chairman, Mr. Isaac Awondo noted that authority sees the certification as an endorsement by the International Aviation community on the investment recently made at JKIA in improving infrastructure and enhancing security, safety and passenger experience at Kenyan airports.

“The direct US flight has come at a time when we are aggressive on providing superior customer experience excellence at our Airports. Our new vision for JKIA is to ensure stress free travel. I want to assure you that we are committed to providing a world-class and seamless service throughout the passenger’s journey from the moment they disembark to the point they leave our Airports.” said Awondo.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the formal approval marked a major milestone in Kenya’s aviation industry. “Going forward, it will make our country an attractive destination and open up fresh opportunities for investment, trade and tourism,” he added.

Early this year, Kenya was granted Category One status by the US Federal Aviation Administration, paving way for direct flights between the two countries. This set the stage for the national airline and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to seek final regulatory clearances before the launch of the maiden direct flight from Nairobi to the US.

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