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.