Award is recognition of ongoing efforts to improve facilities
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has won, for the second time, the STAT Trade Times International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo in the highly acclaimed category of African Airport of the Year.
JKIA first won the award in 2011, the first year that it participated in the survey, and was runner-up in 2013.
Winners are determined by the worldwide readers of the STAT Trade Times, a monthly India-based aviation and air cargo publication, who indicate their preferred carrier through an online poll.
Yatich Kangugo, Ag. Managing Director Kenya Airports Authority, expressed his delight on receiving the award. “This award validates our ongoing efforts to improve facilities at the JKIA Cargo area, and our excellence in customer service. It is evident to me that our staff have truly embraced our vision of providing globally competitive airport facilities and services,” he said.
“I would like to congratulate all the stakeholders of JKIA for their collective effort in making this possible. I would also like to commend the Government of Kenya and our parent the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure for their continued efforts and support in developing JKIA into a major cargo hub in Africa.”
In 2014 JKIA handled some 300,000 tons of cargo. Over the past 10 years the airport has witnessed a significant boost in air cargo traffic to and from Europe, Asia, America and, most recently, China and Australia, which has culminated in JKIA becoming an emerging force and destination in the air cargo industry.
Through deliberate planning and embracing public and private sector participation, the airport has registered a steady transformation in the way air cargo is managed. Since 2010 JKIA has seen the arrival of several modern transit sheds, increasing its overall capacity to 1 million tons annually. In 2012 Swissport and Transglobal commenced operations – Transglobal’s shed boasts an electric transfer vehicle, making JKIA one of the top four airports in Africa with that facility. In 2014 Signon opened its ultra-modern transit shed, with the capacity to handle 200,000 metric tonnes per annum.
KQ flies health volunteers to Malawi
Kenya Airways recently exclusively flew 32 volunteer health professionals to the East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community Medical and Surgical Camp in Malawi.
The week-long camp saw 250 patients benefit from 75 major operations, 50 surgical consultations, 131 medical consultations and 21 echocardiograms, while 18 others were referred for further medical or surgical management. All services were offered free of charge.
Kenya Airways helped with meeting the costs of the camp, through discounted air tickets for the specialists.
Dr Stephen Muleshe, ECSA Health Community coordinator for the Malawi Camp, said: “Kenya Airways has been a wonderful partner, and their help in arranging, and sometimes changing, the travel plans for our participants is much appreciated.”
The aim of the camps is to pool human resources in the region to help alleviate skills shortages in the host country, while at the same time providing on-the-job training to local practitioners.
This is the third such camp, the previous ones being held in Lesotho and Swaziland. A fourth is due to be held later this year, when KQ will again assist with travel arrangements.
For more information, visit www.ecsahc.org