NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 3 – The consortium responsible for the world acclaimed Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea has been tapped to help improve the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
Transport Permanent Secretary Cyrus Njiru said officials from Kenya Airports Authority visited three of the world’s best airports including Incheon to gather information for the face-lift.
To improve efficiency in the transport sector, Njiru said the government is looking to create an authority to act as an umbrella body for various transportation functions.
The PS was speaking during British Airways 80th Anniversary celebration in which the airline revealed that it will invest more than £5 billion (Sh659 billion) over the next five years in new aircrafts, smarter cabins, elegant lounges and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.
British Airways’ Regional Manager, East and Central Africa, George Mawadri expressed his appreciation to the Kenyan government for providing a friendly business environment, to its clients and all stakeholders for their support over the years while emphasizing the airlines’ commitment to the country.
He added that the 80th anniversary is an important milestone in airline’s history, and more significantly, the start of a new era of growth towards 100 years and more.
“We continue to focus on innovation, quality and customer service. Expansion will strengthen our network to provide more air connections that will facilitate trade and tourism flows,” he said.
“We are investing in advanced aircrafts, which are not only efficient to operate but will also allow our passengers to travel in greater comfort,” he confirmed.
British Airways is the longest serving European Airline in Kenya after landing at the Lake Victoria region in 1932.
It has since grown and invested heavily to ensure quality and comfortable air travel services to its customers in the country and the bordering regions.
Minister for Transport Amos Kimunya congratulated British Airways for this significant milestone and its unwavering commitment to the country and he challenged other investors to emulate the airline.
“The government has put in place stringent security measures to ensure maximum security for businesses and individuals. We are committed to improving business environment in Kenya as is evident in our vision 2030 economic pillar,” he explained.
Kimunya said that the government recognizes the important role the aviation industry plays in supporting investment, emphasising that air transport has become increasingly important to the economy of Kenya and has had significant growth in business, tourism and cargo among others.
In its effort to continue to improve its customers’ experience, British Airways in February opened its fully refurbished lounge at JKIA and in Dar es Salaam, the airline opened an improved catering proposition as a result of customer feedback.
British Airways operates daily flights (B777) in Nairobi and a total of 18 across the East African region.