Civil Aviation making moves to boost struggling tourism industry
29 February 2016, 19:04
Nairobi – The Civil Aviation Authority announced that 36 passenger
and cargo airlines are seeking authorisation to operate local and international
cargo and passenger flights in order to boost Kenya’s struggling tourism
Top in the list is Zimbabwe-based Global
Africa Aviation (Put)
Limited that wants a licence to conduct cargo flights from the capital Harare
to Nairobi while West Wind Aviation Limited seeks approval to offer passengers
and freight between Nairobi, East, West, Central and Southern Africa from its
current base at Wilson Airport.
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From Italy is Neos S.P.A and Meridiana seek to conduct chartered
flights on a bi-weekly basis from Malpensa, Italy to Mombasa and a weekly
flight from Katowice-Hurghada to Mombasa respectively.
Other new entrants are Poland’s Small Planet Airlines that plans
weekly flights to Kenya while Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation has sought
licence to conduct cargo services from Nairobi to Jeddah and back.
On the East African front Auric Air Services Limited, Tanzanian
Air Services and Air Excel Limited, all from Tanzania have sought to offer
regional passenger services, leveraging on the recently signed air traffic
protocol that gives regional operators from EAC automatic rights to use sister
facilities at no extra cost.
Five Forty Aviation and Baracuda Airways Holdings Limited seeks to
launch weekly flights to Homa Bay. On the other hand East African Safari Air
Express Limited wants to be allowed to fly to Kabamet weekly.
Aeronav Limited-East Africa has also applied for a variation of its licence to
include the Malindi/Masai Mara route which will enable it capture the growing
market for foreign tourists keen of devouring Kenyan beaches and wildlife at a
DAC Aviation (E.A.) Limited wants to enjoy non-scheduled air
services for passengers, cargo and mail within Kenya and to other points in
Africa, Middle East and Asia.
Ocean Airlines Limited seeks to entrench its leadership in the
Nairobi-Northern Kenya route and is seeking permission to fly people and cargo
to from Nairobi to Kisumu, Garissa and Wajir.
Jetways Airlines Limited also wants to fly to South Sudan’s Juba
capital via Entebbe, Mogadishu which will be integrated with its domestic route
plying Eldoret, Lodwar, Kakuma, Mombasa, Malindi, La mu, Waji, and Mandera.
Others are TimbisAir Services, Aberdair Aviation Limited, Skymax
Aviation Limited, Northwood Agencies Limited, Nairobi Mission Aviation
Fellowship (K), GeoAir Limited, Transafrican Air Limited, Skyward Express
Limited and Aeronav Limited and are Kenya Homes Company.
Kenyan police are on high alert following intelligence reports
that Islamist militants Al-Shabaab are planning to carry out suicide terror
attacks on the country's airports late February or early March.
Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) head of security Eric Kiraithe said
in a on Monday that the militants posing as passengers target domestic flights
where they intend to blow themselves up during the landing.
"We have received intelligence report that Al-Shabaab is
planning to conduct suicide terror attacks against Kenyan airports late
February and early March," Kiraithe said.
"The attacks mainly target domestic flights and operatives
posing as passengers intend to blow themselves up during landing," he
added in the memo to all airport managers.
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