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KAA 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.

GREEN INITIATIVE LAUNCHED BY KAA

NAIROBI – SEPTEMBER 24TH 2019 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.”

 

About Routes
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).

Attendance at Routes events for press delegates with editorial responsibility is free of charge. Please get in touch to register.

Routes is part of the Aviation Week Network division of Informa plc.

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 signing ceremony took place during the Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition held at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong early this month.

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:

  • Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife
  • Kenya Airways
  • Kenya Wildlife Service
  • Kenya Police
  • Kenya Customs Officials

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