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KAA ups Fire-Fighting Capacity With Acquisition of Trucks Worth Ksh 369 Million

Nairobi, 11th March, 2020:  The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has commissioned four new airport rescue and fire-fighting trucks acquired at a cost of Ksh 369 million.

The four trucks are destined for use at the Moi International Airport(MIA), the Kisumu International Airport (KIA), the Eldoret International Airport (EIA) and Lodwar Airport.

The firefighting trucks are in addition to two which were commissioned in March last year and at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) as part of the ongoing modernisation of local airports and airstrips in the country.

The trucks include three Mercedes Benz Titan trucks with engine capacity of 700 horsepower, a top speed of 120 kilometres per hour with acceleration of 80 kilometres per hour in 25 seconds. With a weight of 34 tonnes the trucks carry a water and foam capacity of 12, 500 litres and 1,500 litres respectively.

The other truck is a Mercedes Benz AROC with an engine capacity of 456 horsepower, a top speed of 100 kilometres per hour with an acceleration speed of 80 kilometres per hour in 27 seconds. The truck has a water capacity of 5000 litres and a foam capacity of 600 litres.

According to Alex Gitari, the Acting Managing Director, KAA, the ultra-modern trucks will help KAA in meeting the challenges and demands of disaster management in the local aviation sector.

“As technology in aircraft production increases other sectors of the industry like ground support infrastructure and services like fire cover must also be upgraded to meet industry demands. We assure our customers, including our esteemed airlines that safety is our top priority at KAA and we are pledging to provide resources to ensure our airports meet the highest safety standards that go beyond the regulatory requirements.” He added.

The airports, he said, were the first and last points of contact for visitors and travelling public, and for whom safety was of major concern while using the airports. The trucks, he added, would go a long way in ensuring that airports transitioned quickly to recover and resume normal operations in case of emergencies like aircraft accidents and domestic fires.

The airports emergency response teams in Kenya comprise of airlines, ground handlers, hospitals, ambulance operators the county governments, security agencies and the neighbouring communities around the airports.

Statement on Hosting The 63rd ACI Africa Board & Regional Committees’ Meetings & Regional Conference

Kenya Airports Authority has received the Government of Kenya’s directive to postpone all conferences and meetings of an international nature for the next 30 days. This is due to the ongoing global threat from the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Government directive is in the interest of safeguarding the health and well-being of Kenyans and visitors.

In compliance with this directive, the 63rd ACI Africa Board and Regional Committees Meetings and Regional Conference planned to take place in Mombasa from 14t· -20th March 2020 stands postponed to a later date which will be communicated in due course.
We sincerely regret any inconveniences caused.

New JKIA Parking Management System Goes Live

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has operationalised a new parking management system at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The new system has been implemented and will be managed by KAPS Limited with the main objective of improving passenger experience at the airport.

The new system comes ahead of the planed modernization of JKIA’s terminals T1B, C and D, aimed at increasing the airport’s annual passenger handling capacity to over 10 million passengers.

JKIA, the busiest and fastest growing Airport hub in East and central Africa, currently handles an average of 8 million passengers annually, with an estimated annual traffic growth rate of 12%. Over 20,000 passengers are dropped and picked at JKIA daily, with over 14,000 vehicular movements.

According to Alex Gitari, the Acting Managing Director, KAA, the new parking management system will introduce an efficient, stress free access, parking and exit experience for motorists visiting the airport.

“The new system introduces a number of innovations such as displaying available parking spaces at the different airport parking zones on entry.  We have also eliminated pay points at exit points to ensure smooth exit by motorists from the airport.” He added.

The new parking system introduces payment by mobile money, specifically M-Pesa using the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) code *486*12. This is in addition to the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip system that scans vehicle details to allow swift passage through the airport.

Temporary Closure of Entry Traffic Lanes at JKIA

Nairobi, 17th January, 2020: In order to improve passenger experience at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Kenya Airports Authority wishes to notify the general public of the temporary closure of selected traffic lanes at the airport’s main entrance from Saturday 18th January, 2020. This is to facilitate the installation of a new car park management system.

The closure has been scheduled during the off-peak hours of 0830HRS to 1300HRS and 2300HRS to 0430HRS so as to minimize the impact on airport operations.  Normal traffic flow is expected to resume by Thursday, 23rd January, 2020. During this period, the airport’s Cargo Gate will remain open for 24 hours to ease traffic.

The authority will work closely with the Kenya Airports Police Unit (KAPU) to assist with the management of traffic flow at the airport. Motorists and/or passengers are advised to plan accordingly and allow extra time when coming to the airport as delays may be experienced.

In the meantime, we appeal to all airport users to bear with us as we strive to enhance customer experience in and out of JKIA.

Routes Africa 2019 gets underway in Mombasa

The three-day event, hosted by Kenya Airports Authority, brings together the region’s key decision makers, providing an effective platform for key decision makers to update their industry knowledge, discuss potential and existing air services, and network with industry influencers.

Steven Small, director of Routes, welcomed the 250 delegates attending the forum. He said: “IATA believes that in the next 20 years the African aviation market can more than double, adding 199 million more passengers. But to reach that, many challenges need to be overcome.

“We still have fares which are prohibitively high for travellers here in Africa. We still have Visa fees and regulations which deter airlines and tourists.

“Airports still suffer from a lack of the basic revenue-generating infrastructure that their counterparts around the world almost take for granted.

“And airlines still struggle to make air transport profitable, and in many cases never make it off the ground. Over the next few days we hope to consider some solutions to these challenges.”

This year’s conference programme, sponsored by Embraer, will explore where the Single African Air Transport Market is heading nearly two years after being signed. It will also ask what more needs to be done to unlock the potential everyone can see in a liberalised aviation market.

Speakers include Raphael Kuuchi, vice president of Africa at IATA; Allan Kilavuka, chief executive and managing director of Jambojet; and Alex Gitari, chief executive of Kenya Airports Authority.

“We’ll learn more about the potential for LCCs to reduce fares and stimulate more air transport across the continent. And whether carriers formed here in Africa can take the leading role in that drive,” added Small.

Aviation consultancy ASM will also provide expertise on guidance on how airports can develop a successful route development strategy and work in partnership with airlines to forge new connections.

Leaders From African Aviation Industry Unite in Kenya

MOMBASA – DECEMBER 9TH 2019 : The African aviation market will grow to over 356 million passengers by 2038, according to International Air Transport Association latest forecast. Over 24 million jobs on the African continent are already supported by the travel and tourism industry. Routes Africa will play a pivotal role in supporting growth in air services and stimulating economic development across the region.

Routes Africa is the longest standing and most established aviation forum dedicated to enhancing intra-Africa air connectivity. Routes Africa 2019 is hosted by Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), a State Corporation that is charged with the responsibility of providing and managing a coordinated system of airports in Kenya.

Speaking during a media briefing at the event, Alex Gitari, Ag. Managing Director & Chief Executive, KAA said“Over the last two years, we have been implementing an ambitious strategy to deal with one of the key challenges also facing the aviation sector in the continent namely, expansion and improvement of capacity at our main airports. Routes Africa is of prime importance, not only to Kenya Airports Authority but to our nation and the region at large. The aviation industry plays a critical role in Kenya’s development agenda.”

Steven Small, brand director of Routes, said: “Over 5% of Kenya’s GDP is generated through tourism, which is both stimulated and supported by the aviation industry. Routes Africa 2019 comes at an exciting time for Kenya Airports Authority. I am delighted so many leading airlines are present to witness the considerable investment that has been undertaken, by the team, to facilitate this increasing market demand.”

Raphael Kuuchi, Vice President, Africa, IATA, added: “Routes Africa is critical to the development of air services on the continent and these forums have made a real impact on the region. Kenya is the top three aviation markets in Africa where growth is forecast to be the strongest over the next two decades but if the full potential of the industry in Africa is to be realised, airspace in the region needs to be liberalised.”

The expansion and modernization of Kenyan airports is a key flagship project under Vision 2030, Kenya’s economic blueprint. By encouraging new route development, KAA hopes to grow both passenger and cargo traffic at the JKIA, Mombasa International Airport (MIA), Kisumu International Airport (KIA) and the Eldoret International Airport (EIA), all of which are currently undergoing upgrades and infrastructural works.

Routes Africa brings together 250 decision makers from airlines, airports, governments and tourism authorities to plan new flights and strengthen existing routes. The excitement in the African aviation market is reflected in the high level airline attendance at the event. Airline CEOs and senior network planners from the region’s leading airlines including Air Zimbabwe, Egyptair, Emirates and Uganda Airlines will look to hear new route opportunities.

The conference programme sees top-level speakers discussing the factors driving change, presenting challenges and offering opportunities for the African aviation market. Vuyani Jarana, Former CEO of South African Airways; Allan Kilavuka, Chief Executive & Managing Director of Jambojet; and Raphael Kuuchi, VP of Africa, IATA are amongst the industry influencers taking part in the conversations that will help set the commercial and political agenda for the aviation community for the coming year.


Air India returns to Kenya as first flight in 10 years lands in Nairobi

NAIROBI – NOVEMBER 27TH 2019 : Air India’s flight from Mumbai to Nairobi landed on Wednesday with 100 passengers on board, marking the return of the airline to Kenya after 10 years.
The return of the airline presents a big opportunity for the two countries which have shared trade and economic ties for many years.

Alex GItari, Acting Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) MD said on Wednesday that the return of Air India to Kenya is an eloquent testimony that  JKIA is growing to be the regional hub of choice and Kenya is fulfilling its promise to become one of the most preferred destinations in Africa.

“Air India’s comeback into Kenya increases our direct presence to Asia. This new direct flight will give an additional lift to trade and tourism between Kenya and India and continue the push towards closer ties between the two countries in terms of trade, finance, tourism and cultural exchanges,” Said Gitari during the reception in Nairobi.

The airline will offer four direct flights a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with plans to offer additional flights in the pipeline.

Air India will be instrumental in increasing uptake from both Tier I and II city markets of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru; and Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and others, utilising its existing domestic infrastructure network, market knowledge and presence.

Swissport Kenya Wins The 2nd Edition of The Aviation Business Excellence Awards

NAIROBI – NOVEMBER 18TH 2019 : The second edition of the Aviation Business Excellence Awards (ABEA) took place on Friday, November 15, 2019 where Swissport Kenya Limited was crowned ABEA 2019 company of the year.

The Hilton Garden Inn, which was ABEA 2019 company of the year first runners up also emerged top in the hospitality Services – hotels category. The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) won in the government services category followed by the Kenya Revenue Authority.

Feted at an African themed gala dinner held at the Emara-Ole Sereni Hotel and which was attended by over 350 industry stakeholders, Swissport also won in the ground handling services category. Trade Winds Aviation Services were first runners up.

Speaking at the event, Alex Gitari, the acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) said;
“Since ABEA 2018, we continue to see a growing interest in participating companies. I am happy to note that of the 65 companies who submitted entries for ABEA 2019, 32 duly completed the nomination process with 16 companies coming back for the second time. This is a clear demonstration of the value the industry is starting to derive from the ABEA initiative.”

Other notable winners of the night included DB Schenker in the customs agents category, Maya Duty Free in the retail shops services category and Express Travel Group in the ground transport services category.

Paul Caffe Kenya was victorious in the hospitality services – restaurants category with Kenya Airways claiming the prize for airline services – cargo category. Etihad Airways emerged victorious in the airline services – passenger category.

ABEA 2019 follows the successful launch of ABEA in May 2018 and which culminated in the inaugural ABEA gala dinner in November 2018, where 19 organizations completed the nomination process out of the 39 that submitted entries.

ABEA 2019 sought to assess participating companies based on three determinants 1. Leadership and Management, 2. Human Resource focus and 3. Customer Orientation and Marketing. ABEA is sponsored by the KAA and managed and moderated by the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) in a partnership arrangement.

Murithi Ndegwa, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer KIM said the ABEA business self-assessment tool was developed based on the KIM Organizational Performance Index (OPI) framework for the evaluation of the performance of the participating organizations.

“Through OPI, ABEA participating organisations were rated on a scale of 1-10, according to their performance and competitiveness. This model sets a minimum score that an organisation must attain to remain competitive and the rating is determined following a rigorous internal and external assessment process”. he said.
Ndegwa explained that each organisation’s processes were assessed and combined with its business results using a weighted formula to determine the scores for a set of global determinants and sectoral indicators.

He added that, the nomination and selection judging panel included experts from the aviation industry, based on their experience and insights on the sector and which was a recommendation from ABEA 2018.

Some of the objectives of ABEA include; improving the customer experience journey at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), while recognizing and encouraging learning and best practices within the industry with a view to making all the industry players more competitive.

ABEA aims to reach about 120 stakeholders in the aviation sector, with a vision to become a premier aviation excellence award in Africa.

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

Kenya Airports Authority 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.

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