Julius Karangi takes over as Chair of KAA
Major General (Dr) Julius Karangi, former Chief of Defence Forces, Rtd., has officially taken over as Chair of the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). He replaces outgoing chairman Rtd. Inspector General David Kimaiyo.
The ‘passing of the baton’ of KAA’s leadership was conducted at the authority’s offices on 28 June in the presence of the sitting Board Members and KAA Acting Managing Director Yatich Kangugo.
Karangi noted that he was determined to pick up the challenge and continue the good work of his predecessor. He is taking over at a time when Kenya is strongly campaigning to achieve CAT1 Status, which will open doors to direct flights between Nairobi and the US.
Kimaiyo held the authority’s chairmanship from December 2014. During his tenure Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, KAA’s flagship airport, has undergone an exponential expansion phase. This includes the launch of Terminal 2 and the completion of new Terminals 1A and 1E, which have seen the airport’s capacity shoot up from 2.5 million to 7.5 million passengers annually. During this time, JKIA was named as the most improved airport in Africa in the Airports Council International Airport Service Quality Awards. Kimaiyo also oversaw the development of the airport’s state-of-the-art primary security screening facility, which is one of its kind in the region.
Did you know?
Window shades are kept open during take-off and landing in case of accidents – this allows passengers and flight attendants to see if there is a fire and, if there is, which exits to use or not to use. Likewise, lights are also turned off during take-off and landing to help eyes adjust to lower light in the event of an accident.