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Plans to upgrade JKIA postponed

23 November 2012, 14:55 Rodgers Momata

Plans to upgrade the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) that began mid this year are to be halted till June next year.

According to a statement issued by Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Chief Executive Officer Stephen Gichuki, the $141 million project would be carried out from the month of June 2013. On completion, the 5.5 kilometre will enhance the airport’s capacity to handle more flights as well as increase its destination portfolio.

Despite the fact that the project already falls behind schedule, Gichuki expressed confidence in the fact that the airport shall boast one of the finest architectural designs which would be able to accommodate more aircrafts.

“The design to be adopted would not only be artistic but also comprise of modernized aviation technology of very high standards,” added Gichuki.

The KAA management hopes to greatly cut down on the operational expenses which saw most of their staff fired in a program which took place in the past couple of weeks.

Supporting this fact, Kenya Airways reported a drastic loss in its recent financial performance, an issue which the airline’s Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni believed to have been contributed by the huge operational costs and expenses.

Already most of its facilities are being uplifted to meet the set international standards as one way to cope up with other top ranking international airports.

The ongoing operations are estimated to cost the tax payer a whooping $1 billion. Once complete, the airline officials project a possible come back to redeem their lost position in the regional front and cash in heavily in its investments.

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