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Airport firm says workers treated fairly, refutes blogger’s allegations

Staff of Tradewinds Aviation in one of the company's minivans used to shuttle them around the airport.

“The stories about staff being mistreated caught everybody at Tradewinds by surprise. None of the staff knows who sent the document. We all saw it for the first time on social media.” Hellen Wafula, a marketing executive at Tradewinds Aviation recalls the day in mid November when the company was caught up in a social […]

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Photos: JKIA receives first of new airport buses

The first of new buses ordered by the Kenya Airports Authority seen here at Nairobi's JKIA airport in December 2014.

The first of five new buses ordered by the Kenya Airports Authority has arrived at Nairobi JKIA. The Cobus buses will be used to shuttle passengers and staff across the vast airport grounds. Check out photos below of this new type of bus at our airports.       According to a Kenya Airports Authority […]

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How ground handling companies help airlines cut costs

A tug operated by a ground-handling company pulls a British Airways Boeing 747.

The cleaning crew at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) boarded the Boeing 737 soon after the last of the passengers disembarked. Timing is everything. “We are expected to spend not more than 7 minutes cleaning the entire aircraft,” said the cleaning crew’s supervisor. “If we exceed the time set for us, the airline will […]


Lufthansa B747 crash in Nairobi 40 years ago

D-ABYB, the ill-fated aircraft, seen here in 1970.

40 years ago today, a Lufthansa Boeing 747 crashed soon after takeoff from Nairobi Airport. This was the first fatal accident involving a Boeing 747, a new model back then. The crash of Lufthansa Flight LH 540 has all but faded from memory. Four years after the accident, Nairobi Airport moved into a brand new […]

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Dutch planespotter visits Kenya to fly classic jets

Andre Alders disembarking from a Fly540 DC-9 during his visit to Kenya.

Andre’ Alders developed a passion for aviation in the fields outside Amsterdam, Netherlands. From the family home, Andre would watch aircraft climbing out of Schiphol Airport, one of the world’s major air transport hubs. Today, Andre travels all over the world to fly in rare aircraft and write about it. Andre was recently in Kenya […]

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Fuel hitch forces Kenya Airways 737 to land in Mombasa

A Kenya Airways Boeing 737 that was diverted to Mombasa today due to a fuel system hitch. Photo by the Kenya Red Cross.

A Kenya Airways Boeing 737-700 flying from New Delhi, India, to Nairobi was today diverted to Mombasa due to problems with the aircraft’s fuel control system. Early reports indicated that the aircraft, performing Flight KQ221 from India, was diverted to Mombasa after it ran out of fuel. The aircraft could not land in Nairobi when […]


Fly540 says bleeding woman died while waiting for a doctor

A Fly540 Dash 8 at Nairobi's Wilson Airport.

Fly540 has said it did all it could for a woman who died at JKIA last Saturday. The airline says the Kenyan woman, identified as Mary Wanjiku Kamau, died while waiting for the airport doctor to show up. The death of the woman in circumstances similar to that of Ebola or Marburg virus sparked panic […]

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Sky Aero refutes rumors of crackdown by Kenya’s aviation authorities

Startup carrier Sky Aero, based at Nairobi’s JKIA, has refuted rumors that its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) has been revoked by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority. The airline which operates a 100 seat DC-9 began flights between Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu on 22 May 2014. In an exclusive statement to our reporter, a top Sky […]


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