The government of Nigeria has sent its officials to visit and benchmark the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
In a statement, the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) noted that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria’s Aviacargo Roadmap Committee, assessed several facilities at the airport on Monday, September 18.
Some of the notable practices that the team was keen to learn from, according to KAA, were the cargo facilities as well as the JKIA business practices.
“We were honored to host a delegation from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria’s Aviacargo Roadmap Committee.
“They are in Kenya for a benchmarking visit to assess cargo facilities and business practices at JKIA,” the statement read in part.
Moreover, KAA Managing Director Henry Ogoye and other officials held talks with the team from Nigeria. They explained in detail the operations of the cargo facility at JKIA.
Some of the cargo facilities that drew their interest included DHL, Swissport Kenya and Airflow logistics.
“The delegation was taken on a tour of prominent cargo facilities at JKIA including DHL, Swissport Kenya, and Airflow Logistics.
“Their keen interest and our shared knowledge truly epitomize the spirit of collaboration within the African aviation community,” added the Authority.
Challenges at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
JKIA is ranked the seventh busiest airport in Africa. The airport receives approximately 6.6 million passengers every year and handles over 360,000 tons of cargo.
However, despite its many achievements, KAA has in the recent days encountered several challenges that caused uproar among Kenyans.
On September 5, a number of travelers complained of long queues at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Terminals leaving many travelers stranded at the airport.
However, the authority refuted the claims stating that the airport had the capacity and equipment to handle travel into and out of the country.
Blackout at JKIA
On Friday, August 25, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was among the different institutions in the country that were affected by a nationwide blackout.
Reports noted that generators at the airport had broken down affecting its power backup.
However, the Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen apologized for the blackout, promising to act concerning the blackout at JKIA.
“There is no excuse worth reporting and there is no reason why our airport is in darkness,” stated Murkomen.