UK donates explosive trace detection device to Kenya
The ETD machine, worth Ksh3.65 million, will assist in further broadening aviation security detection capability at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi. It provides Kenya with the latest technology to detect explosives carried on passengers and in their baggage, with detection of a broad range of explosives possible in less than ten seconds.
The machine complements the ETD machine the UK gifted last year to KQ for cargo screening.
Speaking on receipt of the equipment, KQ Group Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said that this gesture would significantly boost the airline’s security capability.
“Safety and security of our guests and our people remains a key area of focus for us as an airline,” he said.
“Indeed, emerging security threats remain an issue of global concern. We are grateful to the British High Commission for this donation. It is through joint efforts that we will be able to conquer these threats.”
In addition, the UK Government has and continues to offer various levels of assistance to key aviation security stakeholders in Kenya, including the Kenya Airports Authority (who received Improvised Explosive Device training kits in September) and the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (who, along with the KAA, sent Compliance Inspectors to the UK last month for training).
Queen on board
Brian May, guitarist with the iconic rock group Queen and a staunch wildlife activist, recently travelled to Kenya with Kenya Airways to film a new in-flight advert for the Born Free Foundation, to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s endangered wildlife. He was accompanied by actress and Born Free’s founder Virginia McKenna.
Kenya Airways has boosted the frequency of its flights to Luanda in Angola, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, as it optimises its operations.
KQ will now fly 35 times a week to Dar es Salaam, up from the previous 28 weekly flights; ten times a week to Dubai, an increase of three flights; and three times a week to Luanda, up from the previous two.
Meanwhile, plans to increase the frequency of KQ’s Kilimanjaro route are scheduled to take effect from 29 March.
Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said that the capacity changes are in response to changes in demand on these routes.
“These changes have also allowed us to deploy the Dreamliner on different routes to give our guests an opportunity to experience its world-class features,” he added.