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. Kenya Airports Authority : Kenya Launches Africa’s First Airport Solar Project
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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.

KAA Partners with KIM to Launch Inaugural Aviation Business Excellence Awards

The Kenya Airports Authority and The Kenya Institute of Management are proud to announce the inaugural Aviation Business Excellence Awards (ABEA), in recognition of outstanding performance and excellent service delivery in the aviation industry. The Awards will seek to improve Customer Experience at JKIA while encouraging best practices within the industry.

During the launch of the awards held on Tuesday, KAA General Manager, Marketing and Business Development, Jimmy Kibati noted that the initiative is a continuation of partnerships and interactions that will bring aviation practitioners together and make Kenyan airports an example of service excellence in the region.

“In the spirit of the recently unveiled JKIA Service Charter which we all committed to, we pledge to double our efforts to ensure that the high standards of service delivery and professionalism promised between agencies becomes a reality,” Kibati added.

While giving his key note address during the event, KAA MD, Jonny Andersen noted that JKIA’s responsibility in service delivery has been raised higher after receiving the green light to fly directly to the US. This has necessitated the creation of ABEA awards that would support the objective of improving customer experience at our Airports.

“As one of the leading players in the aviation industry, we are pleased to be associated with ABEA awards as it will celebrate institutions and individuals who have demonstrated superior service in the aviation business,” Andersen added.

For transparency and credibility of the process, stakeholders will be vetted through a Business Assessment Tool that will evaluate their service delivery to customers. The tool will assess how the organizations inculcate the core themes of excellence.

ABEA Registration is now open and is scheduled to close on Monday, the 24th of September 2019. Airport stakeholders are encouraged to follow this link to download the ABEA registration form.

JKIA Achieves Last Point of Departure Status Paving Way for Direct Flights to the US

Following the announcement between His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Donald Trump, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has now achieved Last Point of Departure status. This allows JKIA to facilitate direct flights between Kenya and the US.

Kenya’s National Carrier Kenya Airways will now fly directly to the US, presenting new opportunities for Kenyans in Travel, Trade and Commerce. The first flight is scheduled to depart on 28th of October 2018.

“This is a major achievement for Kenya as JKIA becomes one of the elite African airports to be certified as a last point of departure to the United States. JKIA is now poised to become the premier hub in Africa.” said KAA Managing Director, Jonny Andersen

JKIA Ranked Best Airport in Africa in the 2018 AirHelp Annual Score ratings of the world’s best airlines and airports.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s (JKIA) has been ranked as the best Airport in Africa and 38th globally by the Air help worldwide ranking group in the 2018 AirHelp Annual Score ratings of the world’s best airlines and airports. The ranking was based on a recent assessment of quality of service, on-time performance, and passenger experience at airports.

AirHelp Score rankings examined data from December 22, 2017, to March 20, 2018, factoring in delayed and canceled flights, public reviews from trustworthy sources and social media sentiments. JKIA scored highly, stumping its African peers and hosts of globally respected airports.

“JKIA airport has earned its position as a key aviation hub for the region and indeed the continent. Being the main gateway to the country, continuous improvement of service standards will aid our success in reclaiming our position as the premier tourist destination on the continent,” said Mr Andersen.

Mr. Andersen noted that under his stewardship, KAA continues to set new standards of services to customers, as a result, the authority recently launched the JKIA Service Charter, a document that promises to improve service delivery at the region’s busiest airport.

The 2018 AirHelp Score marks the company’s sixth report since it began evaluations in 2015. AirHelp developed this annual report to combine expert knowledge and industry expertise to give air passengers all the information they need to informatively book a flight and feel confident in their choices.
Early this year, JKIA was recorgnised as the best-improved airport in Africa in the prestigious 2017 Airport Council International (ACI) Airport Service Quality Awards. Jomo Kenyatta emerged winner in the Best Improvement by Region-Africa Category in what is considered as the aviation industry’s most comprehensive passenger service-benchmarking program that captured passengers’ experience at all airport passenger contact points at more than 300 airports worldwide.

KAA Ushers In New Chairman- Mr. Isaac Awuondo

The Cabinet Secretary Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development Mr. James Macharia accompanied by the Principal Secretary Department of Transport Prof Maringa Mwangi, today officially welcomed the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kenya Airports Authority, Mr. Isaac Awuondo.

The Cabinet Secretary congratulated the Chairman on his appointment by His Excellency the President and noted that Mr. Awuondo is an accomplished professional with a proven track record, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board and the Authority.

He underscored that Kenya Airports Authority is one the four key strategic State Corporations. Further, that KAA has a critical role in execution of Government policy on the integrated transport system.

The Cabinet Secretary assured the Chairman, the Board and Management of the Ministry’s support in maintaining and enhancing JKIA’s Hub status as it looks to attain Last Point of Departure (LPD) status; and Open Skies becoming a reality.

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