Kenya Airport Authority plans to improve the Kenyan airports

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KEPSA Transport and Infrastructure Sector Board met with the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Management on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the KAA Headquarters. The meeting was co-chaired by the sector boards Chairperson, Mr. Auni Bhaiji and KAA Managing Director, Mr. Jonny Andersen.

KAA management outlined measures that they plan to effect in order to improve the competitiveness of Kenyan airports through their responses to the issues KEPSA raised. He confirmed that he will soon convene meeting between cargo freighters and cargo handling companies at JKIA in order to review the tariff structures for the services theory render.  Other measures and progress outlined during the meeting at the KAA JKIA Headquarters include:

  1. Ongoing re-organization of parking and drop off points to comply with the standards acceptable for Kenya- US direct flights. This includes the Last Point of Departure;
  2. Continuous consultation with key service providers in the cargo export for them to effect the 24-hour economy direction. These agencies include Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Airport Authority, KEPHIS, Port Heath and even clearing agents involved in cargo clearance;
  3. KAA reported to be developing policy and regulations on allocation of spaces and hangars at major airports.
  4. The re-opening of the Airport South Road will take longer because new security features have to be installed since it cuts across the planes’ flight path;

Mr. Anderson informed the meeting that the next inspection from the US Aviation team is scheduled for November 2017. If the inspection will be successful, the direct flights may be launched in June 2018.

KEPSA Transport and Infrastructure Sector Board Chair, Mr. Auni Bhaiji concluded by urging KAA to explore ways of integrating (packaging) cargo transport with the existing modes of transport especially Road (containerized) and the new SGR routes.