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Kenyan airports win key global awards

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi was among top winners named in the African heat of the World Routes Airport Marketing Awards 2013. The award ceremony was held at Kampala, Uganda.

From left to right: Nigel Mayes - Managing Director Routes with Doris Mugambi - Marketing Officer Wilson Airport and Muchiri Wachira - Marketing Officer, Retail at JKIA.

From left to right: Nigel Mayes – Managing Director Routes with Doris Mugambi – Marketing Officer Wilson Airport and Muchiri Wachira – Marketing Officer, Retail at JKIA.

JKIA won the prize for the ‘Over 4 Million Passengers’ category in the awards that fete airports’ route successes, growth in capacity and marketing activities.

Kenya Airports Authority’s General Manager for Marketing and Business Development Lucy Mbugua noted that the awards come as JKIA continues to undergo major upgrading and modernisation work which will reinforce its position as a regional hub.

“The stature of JKIA has grown significantly in recent years with the increased passenger and cargo traffic into and out of the facility. We expect even further growth going forward as more capacity is unlocked by on-going work, which will improve levels of service, security and controlled access to meet international standards,” she said.

Ongoing work at JKIA includes construction of a new unit to be known as Terminal 4, renovation of existing units (Terminals 1, 2 and 3), construction of remote stands for parking aircraft as well as a second runway.

During the same event, Moi International Airport in Mombasa was ranked the most improved airport on the continent in this year’s Airport Service Quality Award. The ranking of Moi International Airport is the first time that a Kenyan airport has received the award by the Airports Council International, which recognizes airports that achieve the highest passenger satisfaction ratings in quality surveys.

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) manages four international airports, four domestic airports and several airstrips.

The main airports managed by KAA are Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Moi International Airport (MIA), Eldoret International Airport (EIA) and Kisumu International Airport (KIA).

All the airports handled a total of eight million passengers in 2012, with JKIA currently handling six million passengers per annum. JKIA is expected to handle nine million passengers by the end of 2013 as expansion and rehabilitation work proceeds.

JKIA directly contributes about 10.9 percent of Kenya’s GDP.

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  • Roberto says:

    How is it possible to get the exact data (airport traffic) for 2012, but per airport, and not as a whole?