NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has contracted global airline caterer LSG Sky Chefs Consortium to provide in-flight catering with operations from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The firm becomes the second in-flight caterer for airlines operating from Nairobi after NAS, which has been the sole operator at JKIA.
Speaking during the signing of the lease, building and concessional agreements with LSG Sky Chefs Consortium, KAA Managing Director Lucy Mbugua said that besides offering a choice of caterer to airlines operating from JKIA, the move also has significant importance to the authority and the economy at large.
“It will enable KAA to generate additional income from concession fees and land rental to the second in-flight caterer, which will boost the proportion of the authority’s income from non-aeronautical streams. The national economy will also benefit from the investment of over US$5 million (Sh437 million) and generate many job opportunities,” Mbugua added.
The move will also see competition that will result to improved quality of service at the JKIA, which now joins other facilities from the continent that have more than one airline catering unit.
LSG Sky Chefs Consortium also services South Africa’s O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and Cape Town International Airport.
The firm is also the sole service provider at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.
LSG Sky Chefs’ parent company, LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG, is headquartered in Neu-Isenburg, Germany.