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Uganda Airlines begins service to Routes Africa host

Uganda Airlines, the fledgling national carrier of Uganda, has added a seventh destination to its network and a second in neighbouring country Kenya.

The airline has opened a route between Entebbe, a town on the shores of Lake Victoria, and Mombasa, Kenya’s main tourist destination on the eastern coastline. Flights will operate three times per week on Monday, Friday and Sunday.

Uganda Airlines relaunched operations in August 2019 and now flies from Entebbe to Juba, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Mogadishu, Nairobi and Mombasa. It is hoped the latest route will help to boost trade and tourism between Uganda and Kenya.

“We are working with different stakeholders including the Kenya Tourism Board, hoteliers and travelling agents to ensure the airline rules the skies,” Uganda Airlines sales manager Kenya Lenny Malasi told reporters.

Mombasa is the second-largest city in Kenya and next month will host Routes Africa 2019, the continent’s longest-standing and most-established aviation forum.

According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the last non-stop flights between Entebbe and Mombasa ended in July 2014 when Air Uganda suspended operations. Mombasa has been unserved from Uganda ever since.

Despite the lack of direct air service, the number of two-way passengers between Uganda and Mombasa has remained steady. Data from Sabre Market Intelligence shows 14,538 two-way passengers travelled indirectly in 2018, compared with 16,787 in 2013.

Overall traffic between Uganda and Kenya was 271,150 passengers in 2018, up 21 percent year-on-year. Kenya Airways had a 62.5 percent capacity share of the market during the year, followed by Rwandair Express with 15.8 percent.

Until its revival, Uganda had been without a national airline since a previous incarnation of Uganda Airlines collapsed in 2001. Meanwhile, privately owned Air Uganda ceased operations five years ago.

Uganda Airlines currently has four Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft in its fleet in a two-class, 76-seat configuration, with 12 business class and 64 economy seats.

It also has two Airbus A330-800neos on order, which it intends to use to build its international long-haul network. The aircraft will feature a three-class cabin layout comprising 20 business, 28 premium economy and 213 economy seats.

Speaking earlier this month, Dr David Kakuba, director general of the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, said the arrival of the new wide-body aircraft would allow the carrier to add countries like “England, India and China” to its network.

Source: Routes Online

KAA Announces A Leadership Transition

NAIROBI – SEPTEMBER 30TH 2019 The Board of Directors, Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has appointed Mr. Alex Gitari, the current General Manager Finance as the Acting Managing Director/CEO, effective 1st October 2019.

Mr. Alex Gitari has a wealth of experience, which covers a broad range of functions including development banking, accounting and financial management, treasury management, resource mobilization, business development and marketing, project appraisal, strategy formulation and execution, policy formulation, risk management and management of strategic partnerships.

Mr. Alex Gitari, KAA appointed acting MD/CEO

KAA Managing Director, Mr. Jonny Andersen has started his leave, with his contract due to expire on November 21st 2019.

“I take this opportunity to thank Jonny for his contribution during his tenure as CEO and wish him the very best as he commences the next chapter of his career” said KAA Chairman Isaac Awuondo.

The recruitment process for a new CEO/Managing Director will commence on 1st October 2019. This will be through a competitive process as per State Corporations Guidelines.

GREEN INITIATIVE LAUNCHED BY KAA

NAIROBI – SEPTEMBER 24TH 2019 Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has launched its going green initiative with a goal of becoming the greenest airport operator in Africa by 2022. The initiative is in line with the authority’s 2018-2022 strategic plan aimed at guiding the authority’s strategic direction over the next five years.

In the plan, the authority also focuses on customer satisfaction with “To provide a consistent delightful travel experience” set as the agency’s new mission, and “Travel. Stress Free” as its vision. It describes the means and strategies that will be employed by the authority in pursuit of developing JKIA into a world-class airport of choice while strengthening Kenya’s position as the East and Central Africa aviation hub.

The authority’s 2018-2022 strategic plan highlight’s environmental stewardship as one of it’s main strategic areas stating that the organization will over the next five years seek to implement a carbon accreditation program, undertake afforestation, solar power and rain water harvesting program across it network and acquire the ISO 14001-2015: Environmental Management System (EMS) Standard.

While commenting on the authority’s new green strategic direction, KAA Managing Director, Mr. Jonny Andersen said that, “It is now a reality that Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing mankind. Aviation has been criticized as a major contributor of carbon emissions; this has lead to a steady growth of airports embracing green energy. As Kenya Airports Authority, we would like to place Kenya in the center of this momentum with our goal to be the greenest airport operator in the region by the year 2022.”

In December 2018, The President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu officiated the launch of a ground-mounted 500kW solar power generation facility at Moi International Airport in Mombasa; becoming the first in the region to install a solar system at an airport to reduce aviation carbon emissions by aircraft during take-off.

JKIA Ranked 2nd Fastest Growing Cargo Airport in the World

NAIROBI – SEPTEMBER 19TH 2019 Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the 2nd fastest growing airport in the word cargo ranking. This has been revealed in the Airports Council International (ACI) latest World Airport Traffic Report, which highlights top airports for passengers, cargo and aircraft movements and showcases the world’s fastest growing airports for 2018.

JKIA was ranked 2nd in the ‘Fastest Growing Airports (Handing over 250,000 metric tons of air cargo)’ category, after handling over 342,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2018, a 25% growth from the what was reported in the year 2017.

JKIA has recently witnessed a significant boost in air cargo traffic to and from Europe, Asia, America, and most recently China and Australia. This is what has culminated in JKIA being an emerging force and destination in the air cargo industry. Through deliberate planning and embracing public and private sector participation, the airport has registered a steady transformation in the way air cargo is managed.

In the last few years, JKIA has seen the entry of several modern transit sheds, increasing it’s annual overall cargo to 1.2million tons. Michaell Cotts, a leading cargo and logistics company, is currently constructing it’s new shed at JKIA, once complete, the new development is expected to inject an additional annual capacity of 150,000 metric tons at the airport. Astral Aviation, a cargo airline operating from JKIA has in the last year acquired three Boeing 747-400 cargo aircraft to boost its freight capacity and expand its network.

“This award validates our ongoing efforts in improving facilities at the JKIA Cargo area. I would like to congratulate all our stakeholders for their collective and ongoing efforts in making this possible.” KAA MD, Jonny Andersen noted. “This is an exciting time for Kenya, the face of cargo is changing, and we are positioning JKIA as the premier cargo distribution center for online commerce companies in the region.” he added.

For more information on the report: https://aci.aero/news/2019/09/17/worlds-top-five-fastest-growing-airports-for-passengers-and-cargo-revealed/

Silverstone launches daily flights on Homabay route

NAIROBI – SEPTEMBER  2ND 2019 : Travellers can now fly daily from Nairobi to Homabay after Silverstone introduced a passenger plane on the route.Silverstone Air has deployed a 37-seater plane that will operate from Wilson Airport in Nairobi to Kabunde Airstrip in Homabay.
The local carrier becomes the third airline to operate on the route after Fly 540 and Blue Sky Aviation which already ply the route but on select days of the week.
Silverstone’s chief operating officer David Ojwang and the sales and marketing manager Patrick Okech said the airline will offer daily morning flights.
The plane will depart Wilson airport at 7.30 am for Kabunde and make a return trip at 8.35 am.“We are also contemplating on introducing afternoon flights should demand for our services increase,” Ojwang said. Fares are pegged at Sh6,500 one way.Homa Bay Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata said the airline will boost business in the entire South Nyanza region.

Departure of Kenya Airports Authority, Managing Director, Jonny Andersen

NAIROBI – AUGUST 30TH 2019 : Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) announces the departure of its Managing Director/CEO Jonny Andersen, effective 30th September 2019. Jonny has been with the KAA since November 2016 opted not to renew his contract which was due to expire on November 21st 2019.

“Jonny brought good knowledge of the industry and an ability to forge consensus among stakeholders. He has served with distinction and I wish him well in his future endeavors,” said KAA Chairman Isaac Awuondo.

Mr. Awuondo continued: “During Jonny’s tenure we built a strong foundation for future growth, including strengthening our management team, improving our operations and enhancing customer service. The Board and I are committed to ensuring the Kenya Airports Authority fulfills its full potential to enable all our customers experience stress free travel.”

The recruitment process for a new CEO/Managing Director has already commenced.

Statement on Kenya’s Achievements at CITES COP18 Conference in Geneva

GENEVA – AUGUST  23RD 2019 : This week saw the world stand for survival of the Giraffe and the African elephant at the ongoing Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Kenya sought to get protection status by listing all nine (9) Giraffe subspecies in Appendix II and all Elephants in Appendix I and preventing any down listing of elephants or reopening of ivory trade.

We were successful in all but the last of these endeavors thanks to overwhelming support from the 32- member African Elephant Coalition, the EU, US, group of Latin America and Caribbean states and other like-minded countries.

Giraffes are now listed in Appendix II to allow for trade monitoring and population status. No down listing of elephants was allowed and no changes to allow ivory trade was allowed either.

So, it has been a great week for the Giraffe and the African Elephant. However, the challenges remains, that is improving livelihoods, law enforcement, and closure of domestic ivory markets wherever they occur.

Kenya calls upon all African elephant range states to continue seeking solutions that will ensure the survival of African elephant for posterity.

First Lady Kicks Off CITIES CoP18 “Rip-Off’ Awareness Campaign

H. E. the First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, today launched the ‘’Rip Off’’ Awareness Campaign at the Nairobi National Park, that calls for the listing of the African Elephant in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)at the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) following the dwindling numbers of the elephants due to poaching. She was accompanied by Hon. Najib Balala, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, conservation stakeholders and other Ministry staff.

‘’The threat of ivory trade needs to be ended and the time to do it is now. Any attempts to re-open the ivory trade must be opposed strongly,’’ she said.

According to the First Lady, there is a negative dip in the see-saw on African elephant populations that manifests any time a decision is taken by CITES Parties to open ivory trade. That is why we as a country, are in full support of the ban in all trade in elephant ivory.

Her sentiments were echoed by the Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary, who said, “the members of the African Elephant Coalition (AEC) are committed to continued championing of this position in CITES meetings, until the African elephant is secure across its range.’’

The ‘Ivory Trade is a Rip-Off’ promotion is a tripartite partnership between the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya Airways and Kenya Airports Authority, that involves the production of a limited edition keepers Kenya Airways Boarding Pass with a QR code which, once scanned, directs one to more information on the campaign hosted on the Ministry’s  website (http://www.tourism.go.ke/)

Kenya, together with 31 other African countries, are members of the African Elephant Coalition (AEC). The members of the AEC will be seeking to list the African Elephant in Appendix I of the CITES CoP18 in the upcoming convention that is set to take place in Geneva, Switzerland in August, 2018.

Aside from the jumbo business, the 32 AEC member states will be submitting other proposals for consideration at CoP18. They are inclusion of the Giraffe in Appendix II, transfer of Pancake Tortoise to Appendix I from Appendix II, inclusion of White-spotted Wedge Fish in Appendix II, inclusion of Sea Cucumber in Appendix II and revision of the resolution on conservation of and trade in African and Asian Rhinoceroses and associated decisions.

Kenya Airports Authority Wins Bid to Host Routes Africa Conference 2019

We are proud to announce that Kenya Airports Authority will host the 13th Routes Africa, an intra- Africa routes development forum 2019.

Routes Conference and Exhibition is the longest -standing and established aviation forum bringing together leading Airlines, Airports, and Tourism players globally to discuss Air Services to and in Africa for over a decade.

The event is scheduled to take place from 8th to 10th December, 2019 at the PrideInn Paradise, Shanzu Beach in Mombasa. 2019’s edition of Routes Africa will see 250 delegates come together to experience the Routes African conference programme and to take part in around 600 face-to-face meetings over the course of two business days.

Jonny Andersen Managing Director/CEO, Kenya Airports Authority said, “Kenya is the regional aviation powerhouse. Our geographical location gives us an advantage in connections to most international hub cities in world. Kenya’s centralized proximity to Europe, Asia, Middle East, Americas and the rest of Africa makes this a profitable aviation route. Our status as a trade and tourist regional hub also makes Kenya an attractive destination.

“Routes Conference and Exhibition provide an excellent platform for the aviation industry to meet and make business decisions. The forum will be an opportunity to showcase Kenya’s available facilities and attractions. We are proud to host Routes Africa 2019 and look forward to welcoming delegates to magical Kenya”.

The 2019 edition of Routes Africa will see delegates including Airlines CEO’s, top level speakers from across spheres of aviation come together to discuss the future of aviation within Africa and the most pressing issues facing the industry,

During the event ASM Global, the world’s first provider of route development courses, will deliver their Route Development Accreditation course. This course, developed exclusively for Routes Africa, will provide attendees with tools and techniques to help them attract new routes and increase existing services, and all delegates attending will benefit from a certification of attendance.

Steven Small, Brand Director for Routes, said: “We’re so excited to be returning to Africa in this beautiful city. We are sure that hosting Routes Africa 2019 will help the Kenya Airports Authority in achieving their goals, and we have no doubt that our delegates will enjoy this unique location and have a memorable time in Mombasa.”

 

About Routes
Routes events are unique forums dedicated to the development of air services, bringing together airlines, airports and destinations to meet, plan, discuss and negotiate new and existing flights.

Five ‘regional’ route development forums are held between February and July in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa/Middle East and Silk Road/Russian Commonwealth, and the flagship World Routes event takes place in September.

The events revolve around pre-scheduled meetings and an exhibition and conference which are delivered in partnership with host stakeholders. Hosts tend to be a collaboration between airports, tourism authorities and investment partners (the bidding process takes place two to three years before the event takes place).

Attendance at Routes events for press delegates with editorial responsibility is free of charge. Please get in touch to register.

Routes is part of the Aviation Week Network division of Informa plc.

More than 2,300 Patients Treated During KAA Free Medical Camp in Mombasa

Kenya Airports Authority in partnership with Mater Misericordiae hospital and Pwani FM on the 7th and 8th of June 2019 held a two day free medical camp at Bomu stadium in Changamwe ,Mombasa county as part of the Authority’s efforts of giving back to the society and providing ease access to quality medical care in the country.

The medical camp dubbed ‘ Make A Difference Day Medical camp’ saw over 2300 patients from Mombasa County benefit from free consultations , diagnosis, minor surgeries , free medicine and treatment.

The free medical camp also benefited patients suffering from dental problems, breast cancer, pneumonia ,Typhoid, Malaria , HIV/AIDS counseling and testing among other ailments in the coastal region.

Speaking during the official opening of the medical camp, Kenya Airports Authority Director, Susan Kiama underscored the role KAA plays in helping the less privileged in the society.

“Quality healthcare is a necessity to all human beings and most people are unable to access in Kenya. For this reason we found it well to hold this medical camp here in Mombasa next to our the Airport as a way bring services closer to the people,” said Susan Kiama , Director KAA ,

Director Susan Kiama further stated that Businesses do not operate in vacuum, we are part of the society and depend on the society for our existence, so we believe that helping the society and extending a helping hand to those around us is mutually beneficial and profitable.

Mombasa County Deputy Governor, Dr. William Kingi hailed the partnership and expressed appreciation for the support offered by Kenya Airports Authority and Mater Hospital to the people of Mombasa County.

The Deputy Governor challenged other Kenyans to come on board and support this effort which serves as part of realization and support of Government’s Big 4 agenda of providing affordable universal health care.

The camp was part of KAA CSR campaign aimed at giving back to the society all over the country. the campaign provided a forum for engagement of KAA staffs with the community through one on one interaction.

The medical camp stood to influence the lives of communities who have difficulties in accessing quality medical care.

On average, over 40 percent of Kenyans are hindered by cost and another 18 percent by distance in access to health care.

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