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The COVID-19 Travel Requirements Update 3: Travelers Health Surveillance Form

Air Travel Protocol Update 3
Issued by The Ministry of Health

Please note that it is now a mandatory requirement for all passengers arriving in Kenya to fill in The COVID-19Travelers Health Surveillance Form. The forms must be filled online via https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/ Passengers will be required to display the received QR codes to port health officials for them to be allowed to proceed to arrival immigration.

Click Here for More information on the COVID19 protocols in place at our airports.

KAA flags off KQ for Resumption of International Flights

Nairobi 1st August, 2020: Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has today flagged off a Kenya Airways flight to London for the resumption of International flights, ahead of receiving Lufthansa, British Airways and KLM later in the day following the reopening of Kenyan airspace for international flights.

Speaking during the flag off the Kenya Airways flight to London at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Mr Gitari lauded the international airlines for the for ensuring that they are fully compliant with the health and safety measures against Covid-19, saying their return to growth would also buoy the fortunes of KAA.

“Kenya Airports Authority regards the resumption of international flights as a significant milestone in the aviation industry which has been one of the hardest hit by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have not had international flights for 120 days,” said Alex Gitari, the Ag. Managing Director of KAA.

Airports Council International now estimates a reduction of more than 4.6 billion passengers in 2020. The estimated decline in total airport revenues on a global scale is estimated to be more than $97 billion for 2020.

“The protocols issued for Air Travel Operations during the Covid-19 Public Health Crisis have been developed to help contain the spread of the virus and ensure that the sector is opened up taking cognizance of the measures put in place by the Ministry of Health,” said Mr. Gitari

Some of the measures put in place at Kenyan airports to minimize the spread of Covid-19 virus include; installation of thermal screening equipment, provision of handwashing and sanitization stations, provision of Port Health observation rooms and mounting of physical distancing markers.

Mr Gitari reiterated that passengers arriving in Kenya will need a Covid-19 Certificate for a test taken not earlier than 96 hours before flight. The passengers will be subjected to thermos screening and will be expected not to exhibit any sign related to Covid-19.

“At the airport, the passengers will be observed by our port health personnel for Covid-19 symptoms, they are also expected to have filled a questionnaire and there is an app that has been issued to guide passengers on filling that questionnaire before they arrive,” said Mr Gitari. He added that the questionnaire is supposed to help the authorities with contact tracing where necessary.

Passenger departing from Kenya will be required to check and ascertain the protocols that they are expected to fulfill in their destination countries.

The KAA Managing Director noted that KAA had already provided its frontline staff with personal protective equipment including masks, gloves and disinfectants in sufficient quantities. “Further to that, we continue to sensitize and communicate to all our staff on Covid-19 preventive measures,” he concluded.

The COVID-19 Travel Requirements Update 2: Protocol Update Issued by CS, Transport

Air Travel Protocol Update 2
Issued by Cabinet Secretary, Transport Mr. James Macharia

His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya directed that International Air Travel would resume on 1st August, 2020 and instructed the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works to develop a Protocol to ensure the safety of travellers.
The Ministry in consultation with relevant stakeholders prepared a Protocol for Air Travel Operations during the Covid-19 Public Health Crisis. The protocol seeks to provide guidelines to ensure that air travel remains safe during the pandemic for domestic and international flights.
The Protocol recognizes that the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been experienced in most sectors of the economy and the aviation industry is amongst the worst impacted.

The Protocol has therefore confirmed that:-
1. All arriving passengers on international flights whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5° C (99.5°F); do NOT have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms; have negative PCR based COVID – 19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered low to medium risk COVID – 19 transmission areas shall be exempt from quarantine. Download the latest list of countries exempted from Kenya’s travel quarantine.

Review of countries from which travelers will not be required to be quarantined upon arrival will be undertaken by Ministry of Health on day to day basis. The Ministry will then advise the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Urban Development and Housing for further action.
The risk profile of any country could change and therefore the status with regard to these clarifications and directives could also change.
We wish to emphasize and reiterate that from 1st August 2020 Kenyan Airspace will be open to authorised airlines and travelers. The issue is only whether the travelers will be required to quarantine upon arrival in Kenya due to the risk evaluation of respective countries. Those required to quarantine will do so at Government designated facility or at their home subject to prevailing guidelines.

2. For those passengers traveling out of the country, they will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country;

3. Passengers arriving on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences;

4. Drivers should have evidence that they have come from the Airport to drop or pick up passengers;

5. Passengers departing on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their departure airport;

6. Air Operators shall provide guidance material to passengers regarding application of the preventive measures on board;

7. Where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed because of the seat configuration or other operational constraints, the crew members will make constant on-board announcements reminding passengers to adhere at all times to all the other preventive measures including strict hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and should wear a surgical face mask. In addition and in such cases other measures such as cabin recirculation air filters will be put in place; and

8. Working jointly with Kenya Airports Authority and Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works is reviewing frequency and timing of flights to facilitate physical distancing at the Airports.

James W. Macharia, EGH
CABINET SECRETARY

Click Here for More information on the COVID19 protocols in place at our airports.

The COVID-19 Travel Requirements Update 1: Protocol Update Issued by CS, Transport

Air Travel Protocol Update 1
Issued by Cabinet Secretary, Transport Mr. James Macharia on the 30th July 2020.

His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya directed that International Air Travel would resume on 1st August, 2020 and instructed the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works to develop a Protocol to ensure the safety of travellers.

The Ministry in consultation with relevant stakeholders prepared a Protocol for Air Travel Operations during the Covid-19 Public Health Crisis. The protocol seeks to provide guidelines to ensure that air travel remains safe during the pandemic for domestic and international flights.

The Protocol recognizes that the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been experienced in most sectors of the economy and the aviation industry is amongst the worst impacted.

The Protocol has therefore confirmed that:-

  1. All arriving passengers on international flights with a COVID-19 Negative certificate whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5° C (99.5°F), do NOT have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms, are from the listed countries and have negative tests carried out within 96 hours before travel shall be exempt from quarantine;
  • China
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Namibia
  • Uganda
  • Rwanda
  • Morocco
  • Japan
  • Zimbabwe
  • Ethiopia
  • Switzerland
  1. For those passengers traveling out of the country, they will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country;
  2. Passengers arriving on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences;
  3. Drivers should have evidence that they have come from the Airport to drop or pick up passengers;
  4. Passengers departing on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their departure airport;
  5. Air Operators shall provide guidance material to passengers regarding application of the preventive measures on board;
  6. Where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed because of the seat configuration or other operational constraints, the crew members will make constant on-board announcements reminding passengers to adhere at all times to all the other preventive measures including strict hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and should wear a surgical face mask. In addition and in such cases other measures such as cabin recirculation air filters will be put in place; and
  7. Working jointly with Kenya Airports Authority and Kenya Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works is reviewing frequency and timing of flights to facilitate physical distancing at the Airports.

James W. Macharia, EGH
CABINET SECRETARY

Click Here for More information on the COVID19 protocols in place at our airports.

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.

 

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