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.
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.
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.
NAIROBI – SEPTEMBER 24TH2019 Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has launched its going green initiative with a goal of becoming the greenest airport operator in Africa by 2022. The initiative is in line with the authority’s 2018-2022 strategic plan aimed at guiding the authority’s strategic direction over the next five years.
In the plan, the authority also focuses on customer satisfaction with “To provide a consistent delightful travel experience” set as the agency’s new mission, and “Travel. Stress Free” as its vision. It describes the means and strategies that will be employed by the authority in pursuit of developing JKIA into a world-class airport of choice while strengthening Kenya’s position as the East and Central Africa aviation hub.
The authority’s 2018-2022 strategic plan highlight’s environmental stewardship as one of it’s main strategic areas stating that the organization will over the next five years seek to implement a carbon accreditation program, undertake afforestation, solar power and rain water harvesting program across it network and acquire the ISO 14001-2015: Environmental Management System (EMS) Standard.
While commenting on the authority’s new green strategic direction, KAA Managing Director, Mr. Jonny Andersen said that, “It is now a reality that Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing mankind. Aviation has been criticized as a major contributor of carbon emissions; this has lead to a steady growth of airports embracing green energy. As Kenya Airports Authority, we would like to place Kenya in the center of this momentum with our goal to be the greenest airport operator in the region by the year 2022.”
In December 2018, The President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu officiated the launch of a ground-mounted 500kW solar power generation facility at Moi International Airport in Mombasa; becoming the first in the region to install a solar system at an airport to reduce aviation carbon emissions by aircraft during take-off.
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.”
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).
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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.
KAA Promoting of The Ban On Illegal Wildlife Trade
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 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.
KAA Chairman, Mr. Isaac Awuondo noted that, the authority is 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.
“JKIA is the first airport in the world that has setup a Law Court within the vicinity of the airport so to fast track cases related to wildlife crime, this goes to show how serious we are in the fight against this vice ” Said Mr. Awuondo.
What Encouraged KAA to Implement Such a Program
JKIA is one of the leading hubs in Africa and has a huge volume of cargo and passengers respectively passing through either as origin, transit or destination with the airport recording high numbers of seizures of contraband destined for China and Vietnam.
Kenya’s national airline, Kenya Airways, operates direct flights from Nairobi to Eastern Asia and has reported passengers carrying wildlife contraband as part of their baggage. To combat this, re-screening of all transit bags and cargo by the security team on targeted routes was implemented leading to a decline in the trafficking of illegal game trophies in Nairobi.
Nonetheless, with the number of transit goods and passengers increasing, there is a need to increase vigilance and create awareness on illegal wildlife products and trafficking.
The drivers that encouraged the authority in the countering of wildlife trafficking activities include sustainability, conservation, health and safety of staff and passengers, reputation, wildlife maintenance for nature-based tourism and the communities that rely on wildlife as part of their economy.
Together with Kenya Airways, we have harmonized systems for the seamless sharing of information about suspicious wildlife trafficking activity and in partnership with Kenya Wildlife Service; the authority has introduced canine units trained to detect wildlife products on passenger bags and cargo to address the gap. In addition, judicial process for wildlife trafficking cases used to be very lengthy. With the new court of law within JKIA, the fight against illegal wildlife trade has been boosted with faster processing of cases.
In preparation for the upcoming CITES Conference set to be held between the 29th of May and 3rd of June 2019, KAA has partnered with the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife in creating awareness of the ban on Illegal Wildlife Trade by rolling out a campaign dubbed; ’Ivory Trade is a Rip Off…Our animals are getting ripped apart’. The campaign involves the installation of banners at JKIA to engage global travelers during the period of the conference and extensively express concern and plea for total ban of ivory trade.
Kenya Airports Authority’s Action:
Adopted the zero-tolerance policy on illegal Wildlife Trade incidences
Sponsored a booth during World Wildlife Day at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to educate passengers on the illegal wildlife trade
Created a hotline number to allow people to report suspicious illegal wildlife trafficking activity easily
Posted a permanent message on its website and throughout its airports about their zero-tolerance policy.
KAA Stakeholders involved in the fight against illegal wildlife trade:
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