Kenya Airways eyes JKIA expansion project

April 18, 2012


Growth projections are expected to be high because of additional destinations and frequencies/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 18 – Kenya Airways (KQ) is developing a proposal to help build the new Terminal 4 unit at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Kenya Airways Managing Director Titus Naikuni said this follows a directive by President Mwai Kibaki for the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) to allow more Public Private Partnerships (PPP’s) for the expansion of the airport.

“He (president) singled out KQ and said we need to look into PPP’s to build that terminal. We are working on the proposal now which we will present to the board and then to the government. It is an uphill task, but we can handle the situation,” Naikuni said.

Naikuni further affirmed that since the delivery of their cargo freighter two months ago, trade between Asia and African countries has increased with the freighter flying at nearly full capacity.

“So far we have received one aircraft that has a capacity of 120 tonnes and it has been very successful since we received it. We are bringing it from Guangzhou to Nairobi and then to Lagos. It has actually started being consistent with taking off with 100 tonnes or more, heading towards West Africa,” he stated.

He was speaking while addressing business leaders to lay out the companies 10-year strategy dubbed “Project Mawingu”.
Growth projections are expected to be high because of additional destinations and frequencies, beyond this initial plan, it is very likely the growth will be seen especially in the latter half of the decade.
Growth will be fuelled by Africa’s status as a burgeoning market, as well as reliance on SkyTeam partners.
KQ’s intercontinental focus follows Kenya’s strong emphasis on regional Africa, with the carrier aiming to serve every African nation by the end of 2013.
It intends to add 60 destinations in 32 countries while at the same time more than tripling its fleet to 107 aircrafts.

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