, NAIROBI Kenya, Jul 11 – Kenyan airports have been recognized internationally, scooping top honours in prestigious global airport marketing awards.
The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi was among top winners named in the African heat of the World Routes Airport Marketing Awards 2013.
JKIA bagged the award in the Over 4 Million Passengers category during this year’s awards that fete airports’ route successes, growth in capacity and marketing activities for the year.
Moi International Airport in Mombasa was also ranked the most improved airport on the continent in this year’s Airport Service Quality Award.
The recognition 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 survey – the world’s benchmark of airport excellence.
Kenya Airports Authority’s General Manager for Marketing and Business Development, Lucy Mbugua, said that the recognition was timely.
Mbugua noted that the awards came as JKIA continues to undergo major upgrading and modernisation work which will stamp its position as a regional hub
“The stature of JKIA has grown significantly in recent years with the increased passengers and cargo traffic into and out of the facility. We expect even further growth going forward as more capacity is unlocked by on-going works, which will improve level of service, security and controlled access to meet international standards, thus taking advantage of its strategic location of JKIA to position it as the premier aviation hub of Africa,” she said.
Ongoing works at JKIA include construction of a new unit – Terminal 4; renovation of the existing units (Terminal 1, 2 and 3); construction of remote stands for parking aircraft as well as a second runway.
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 the year 2012 with JKIA, the flagship currently handling six million passengers per annum.
JKIA which directly contributes about 10.9 percent of GDP is currently undergoing expansion and rehabilitation that will see it handle nine million passengers by end 2013.