KQ recognised for its excellence in health and safety

Safety is at the core of all of Kenya Airway’s operations

H&SKenya Airways has been awarded the prestigious British Safety Council International Safety Award 2015, which recognises organisations across the world that excel in occupational safety and health management.

The awards celebrate the commit-ment of the winning organisations to keeping their workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the 2014 calendar year.

Congratulating the winners, Neal Stone, acting Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “The success criteria for the International Safety Awards are challenging and that rightly reflects the importance of achieving good standards of health and safety at work.

“The International Safety Awards shine a light on those businesses who are taking sensible and effective steps to protect employees from the risks of work-related injury and ill health, celebrating their efforts and encouraging other employers everywhere to give workers’ health and safety the priority it rightly deserves.”

Alban Mwendar, Kenya Airways Group Human Resources Director, affirmed the company’s pride at achieving this award. “We are committed to promoting safer and more productive work environments as a global aviation issue,” he said. “Safety is key to KQ as our guests put their lives in our hands.”

Meanwhile, in recognition of World Safety Day on 28 April, Kenya Airways, together with its neighbouring company Nairobi Bottlers, hosted its very own Safety Awards.

Adopting this year’s theme of ‘Join in building a culture of prevention in Occupational Safety and Health’, the airline participated in a number of activities in a bid to benchmark and extend the safety culture with like-minded companies.

The event sought to celebrate and award individuals, sections and departments who have been maintaining a safe and healthy working environment for all.

Major business opportunities at Kisumu Airport
Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) recently held a conference at Kisumu International Airport to empower and encourage stakeholders to take up the massive business opportunities available at the Ksh3 billion state-of-the-art facility.

Speaking at the event, KAA Ag. Managing Director Yatich Kangugo said that opportunities at the airport are now available in the following areas: offices, flying schools, hangars, freight terminals and related financial services and indus-tries, among others.

One of the key investors present was Best Western’s Kaushik Manek, whose group is putting up the first-ever multi-million dollar international branded hotel at the lakeside city.

It is envisioned that once the business opportunities are fully unlocked, the airport will generate an estimated 40,000 jobs directly and another 400,000 indirectly.

KAA considers Kisumu International Airport a key facility in its aviation system. A new terminal was completed in February 2012 and KAA is in the process of strengthening the 3.3km-long runway to enable wide-bodied aircraft to land there.

“The modernisation and expansion of Kisumu Airport is in line with Kenya Airports Authority’s strategy of developing the airport into an aviation hub for the Great Lakes region, and in support of the growing demands of its stakeholders,” said Kangugo.