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. Kenya Airports Authority : Kenya Airports Authority Wins Bid to Host Routes Africa Conference 2019
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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.

45th EAC Consultative Meeting aimed at improving Air Transport in the region held in Kenya

The 45th East African Community Consultative Meeting aimed at improving Air Transport in the region concluded on Friday 17th May, 2019, at Lake Naivasha Resort in Naivasha, Kenya. The two-day Forum was attended by representatives from Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Civil Aviation and Airport Authorities, Airlines, Customs, Immigration and other stakeholders from all the Partner States. Mr. Eric Ntagengerwa, the Principal Civil Aviation Officer, represented the EAC Secretariat.

The 45th EAC Consultative meeting of Air Transport commenced with a visit of the various facilities at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The participants commended the Republic of Kenya for proper coordination of various stakeholders at both Cargo and passenger terminals and for putting in place clean and well organized facilities at both the cargo shed and within terminal buildings, enhancing air transport facilitation and security.

The EAC Consultative meeting on facilitation of Air Transport is a forum for discussion on issues that affect Air Transport in the region in order to comply with Annex 9 (Air Transport Facilitation) and Annex 17 (Aviation Security) of the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation. The meeting refers to the ICAO international standards and recommended practices and proposes appropriate recommendations to be implemented by the Partner States at the various EAC international Airports.  It is hosted by EAC Partner States, twice a year on rotational basis.

Addressing the delates from the EAC Partner States, the Principal Secretary in the Republic of Kenya’s State Department of Transport, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, Ms. Esther Koimett underscored the importance of EAC Air Transport facilitation forum in ensuring the smooth movement of passengers, goods and aircrafts at all EAC international airports.

The Principal Secretary, who was represented by the Principal Air Transport Officer, Mr. Benjamin Enyenze, urged Partner States to continuously respond to emerging challenges in order to cope with aviation and non-aviation demands as well as strive to meet international standards. She reminded the participants that Air transport plays a key role in the promotion of trade, tourism and economic growth of the region.

“Air Transport facilitation is an important aspect of aviation and the EAC airports have to continuously enhance capacity of existing infrastructure to be able to cope with future aviation demands, meet international requirements and contend with the ever changing threats against Civil Aviation”, noted Ms. Koimett, adding that “the solutions to the challenges we face with regard to infrastructure, safety, security and environmental concerns require a consultative approach in a forum like this”.

The participants also suggested areas of improvements at the Airport including, among others, the need to screen imported goods at the cargo terminal for security reasons, to put in place quarantine area for contaminated animals, and to ensure uniformity of application of disembarkation cards on immigration at arrival.

The meeting further discussed and agreed among other recommendations, to ensure continuous improvement of clearance processes at the EAC international Airports, to introduce online payment systems for all Air operators, to fully implement paperless immigration process, to share information on people involved in pilferage at EAC Airports for monitoring purpose, and to increase their non-aeronautical revenue streams so as to reach a 30:70 ratio by 2020.

The meeting also agreed on important emerging issues in Air Transport that will be discussed in the next EAFAL meetings including, but not limited to Airport facilitation and customer satisfaction, passenger data exchange systems, Airport Collaboration Decision Making (ACDM) and development of regulations to govern/facilitate operations of drones in EAC.

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.

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