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Two passenger planes held at JKIA over illegal activities

Kenya Airport Authority will now operate under a service charter signed by six Cabinet Secretaries to improve service delivery.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 25 – Authorities have grounded two airlines at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for engaging in illegal activities.

Although he did not name the affected airlines, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia warned passenger airlines licensed to carry only passengers not to operate as cargo airlines contrary to their license conditions.

He was speaking during the signing of service delivery chatter between six ministries that include Transport, Infrastructure and Development, Interior and Coordination of National Government, Treasury, Tourism, Health and Agriculture on the improvement of service delivery at JKIA.

“Inspector General of Police should take firm action on airlines contravening these regulations,” he stressed.

Macharia also warned the Kenya Airports Authority if they do not improve their customer services the government will disband the authority and outsource operations.

Internal Security and National Coordination Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi, on his part, has given the Kenya Airports Authority 12 weeks to reform and improve service delivery.

Matiangi has told the Authority to hire an airport manager to ensure smooth and efficient running of the airport.

“Service delivery at the airport is important for the country, as its the gateway to Kenya and tourists and gives a perception of the country,” adds Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala

Last month Fred Matiangi, Macharia and Balala did an impromptu visit at the airport, prompting the chatter.

The move comes as Kenya Airways begins direct flights to the United States in October 2018.

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