28 September 2012

Kenya: Mombasa Airport Cargo Handling Still Low

The cargo handling facility at Moi international airport in Mombasa is underutilized, the airport's marketing and business development officer Charles Mwaita said yesterday. Mwaita said that the current 7 million kilos was way below par with their capacity to handle 30 million kilos for imports and exports annually. "We want more players to come and boost our cargo handling business.

Right now we only have Mombasa cargo center and general freighters from Nairobi who have come in. "Earlier we only had KQ as the sole cargo handler," said Mwaita yesterday during the world tourism day celebrations at Moi international airport in Mombasa. He said that KAA was more than willing to partner with clearing agents, exporters, farmers and private business people to utilize the facility he said was lying idle.

Mwaita also said that the construction of the cold facility to handle fish and horticultural products was underway with retendering of the project to be done in three months time. This he said will create more space to the almost overstretched cold facility at the airport.

"We have chill fish and vegetables from Mwanza and Uganda that passes through here to Europe a board Air Berlin. We are expanding this to cater for the rising demands," said Mwaita. Mwaita also called on farmers from the region through their respective organizations and authorities to register with KAA for easy transportation of their products to the respective local and international destinations.

"If the farmers from Tana River Development Authority, coconut development authority and horticultural development authority utilize this freight department then, business will boom for them and KAA as well. "Let them capitalize on this facility that is lying idle," said Mwaita.

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