JKIA, Moi International eldoret get African awards

Celebration time.
Celebration time.

It must be so much fun working at a Kenyan airport. On the one part you will see you can see JKIA proudly posted on the CNN 10 of the world’s most hated airports. Then there are the usual shenanigans that go with being the entry point to a random country like Kenya. If it isn’t the former prime minister not getting VIP access then it is the Nigeria football team refusing to leave the airport.

But its not all fun and games. The staff there have to do their jobs like anyone else even if they have been known to pull stunts on their own leaving to them being sacked.

Even with all this the airports continue to function as the main Nairobi hub is remodelled. On-going 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 aircrafts as well as a second runway.

Thursday was a good day for the Kenya Airports Authority as two of its airports got top African awards. The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi was among top winners named in the African heat of the World Routes Airport Marketing Awards 2013; while Moi International Airport in Mombasa was ranked the most improved airport on the continent in this year’s Airport Service Quality Award.

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.

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.