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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.

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.

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