Kenya Airways Group MD and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze joined 40 other leaders in the transport and conservation sector at Buckingham Palace, London, to sign the declaration, an initiative led by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.
The initiative aims to support efforts to prevent the growing trade in illegal wildlife and products around the world, with the taskforce for transportation – of which KQ is a founding member – playing a major role in ensuring such illegal products, including ivory, do not move through their organisations.
Ngunze said: “Kenya Airways has a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal wildlife trade and by being signatories of this Declaration we are reinforcing our stand. We work closely with other government agencies, especially at [Nairobi’s] Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, to ensure illegal products are not being transported on our aircraft.”
Ngunze noted that the threat facing wildlife, especially in Africa where poaching has been on the increase, is serious and he reiterated that it was important that everyone gets more involved in stopping the vice.
The partnership comes in the wake of a surge in wildlife poaching across Africa, with elephant and rhino among the worst hit, while Kenya is preparing to burn the largest ivory stockpile –120 tonnes – next month.
The Declaration is ambitious – with 11 commitments – requiring signatories to put in place measures that can help shut down routes exploited by traffickers.
SkyTeam praises KQ lounges
Kenya Airways’ lounges at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport were rated the second best in the world, after Taipei, in Taiwan, by SkyTeam passengers in a recent survey.
The state-of-the-art Simba and Pride lounges were opened at the end of 2014 and have consistently won international awards over the past two years. They are for the exclusive use of Premier World passengers as well as SkyPriority guests from the airline’s SkyTeam partners.
Pride Lounge offers premium hospitality, and includes a cigar room and kids’ zone. Simba offers a family lounge, Business Experience Centre and a noise-proof quiet zone, Both provide washrooms and showers.