Capital FM (Nairobi)

5 December 2012

Kenya: KAA On Ambitious Airports Expansion Plan

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) says it's on course with numerous expansion projects worth Sh86 billion over the next five years to renovate their main airports and designated airstrips in Nairobi, Kisumu, Isiolo, Embu, Nyeri and Mombasa.

KAA Chairman Mutuma Mugambi said that their expansion program is geared towards addressing not only capacity constrains but to ensure that airlines flying into KAA managed aviation facilities receive a quality airport experience that meet or exceed International Civil Aviation Organisation standards.

"Our staff continues to receive extensive training on safety and security through partnerships with various government bodies both in Kenya and abroad," he said.

"KAA will also continue to invest heavily in customer service and product improvement," he added.

The government, through its Vision 2030 programme has been mandated to spearhead the development of aviation facilities including a hub of choice for the region to meet these ambitious goals.

Mugambi revealed that Moi International Airport (MIA) was recently ranked third out of 15 African Airports after Johannesburg and Cape Town and the opening of an Istanbul, Mombasa Kilimanjaro corridor will connect coast province to over 69 international destinations that Turkish Airlines operates around the world.

"MIA is now an international gateway for the entire East African coast as a destination and I urge hoteliers, tour operators, travel agents tourism stakeholders to embrace this opportunity," he said.

"Safety and security concerns are also paramount in this age of global terrorism and I would like to give Turkish Airlines an assurance that KAA will work tirelessly towards enhancing this in conjunction with all stakeholders," he emphasised.

He added that the KAA staff continues to receive extensive training on safety and security through partnerships with various government bodies both in Kenya and abroad.

"KAA will continue to invest heavily in customer service and product improvement and I am happy to note that Kenyan Turkish trade is rapidly expanding especially on the Nairobi Istanbul route," he said.

He noted that the dominance of seasonal air charters as a business model for the airport is now changing and scheduled operations are rapidly taking shape.

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