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Old July 20th, 2011, 02:24 AM   #1
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NBO/ADD/DAR/EBB/KGL | East African Airports

Edit 7/28: This thread will be devoted to discussion and news revolving around East Africa's major International Airports:
Kenya:
(NBO) Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Ethiopia:
(ADD) Bole International Airport
Tanzania:
(DAR) Julius Nyerere International Airport
Uganda:
(EBB) Entebbe International Airport
Rwanda:
(KGL) Kigali International Airport

News/updates about other international East African airports can be posted as well.
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Kenya

starting off with some bads news from Jomo Kenyatta International
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Kenya Airways flights return to normal after power interruption at JKIA

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) says services at JKIA that had been interrupted by a power outage early Sunday have returned to normal.

Kenya Airports Authority managing director Mr Stephen Gichuki confirmed that at 3.30am on Sunday JKIA experienced interruption of power on the main power supply lines.

"Preliminary investigations show that during the changeover to generator back-up power, an earth fault occurred," said Mr Gichuki.

It took engineers from Kenya Airports Authority and Kenya Power to restore normal operations at the airport and by 5.30am KAA deployed mobile emergency runway lights at JKIA and landing of flights resumed.

He also confirmed that the fourteen flights that had been diverted to Moi International airport in Mombasa, Kigali international airport in Rwanda, Entebbe international airport in Uganda and Julius Nyerere international airport in Tanzania will land at JKIA.

With the situation having returned to normalcy,

Apologizing to passengers and airlines for the inconvenience experienced Mr Gichuki said Kenya Airports Authority team is working with Kenya Power to continuously ensure monitoring and testing of the power supply system to avoid such disruptions in future.

The power failure had led to major delays and agony for passengers as incoming flights were diverted outgoing ones delayed.

Kenya Airways International flights are among those affected after they were redirected to Entebbe, Kigali and Mombasa.

In a statement at around 11 am on Sunday, Kenya Airways announced that its flight operations which had been temporarily disrupted had returned to normalcy.

The National carrier managing director and group CEO Titus Naikuni said the disruption was occasioned by prolonged power outage at JKIA forcing the airline to divert its early morning flights to Moi International airport in Mombasa, Kigali international airport in Rwanda and Entebbe international airport in Uganda.

Mr Naikuni regretted the incident that had led to a major inconvenience to customers and said that the airline would engage with the Kenya Airports Authority and other key stakeholders to ensure that such disruptions become a thing of the past.

With the situation having returned to normalcy Mr Naikuni assured KQ customers that the airline's flight operations were back on course.
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Tanzania

Here are some photos from DARs Terminal III expansion plan:


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Tanzania (DAR)..cont'd..

in addition to that the airport's two terminals.. is undergoing modernisation that's suppose to be completed this year:

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Dar airport to handle over 30 planes an hour


The modernisation of JK Nyerere International Airport, to be completed in July this year, will enable it to handle more than 30 planes an hour, up from the current 11.

Terminal One and Two of the busiest airport in Tanzania are currently being expanded, in a $56 million project a combination of a loan from the Netherlands and funds from the Tanzanian government.

Infrastructure Development Minister Shukuru Kawambwa, who visited the airport last week, said the airport will handle larger aeroplanes and more passengers.

Dr Kawambwa said the two terminals are currently congested, since they were designed to handle only 1.2 million passengers a year but are now handling up to 1.5 million.

Tanzanias aviation industry is growing by 14 per cent every year.

At Terminal Two, construction of a new taxiway, parallel to the old one, is expected to be complete by July.

Tanzania Airport Authority manager Proper Tesha says the new taxiway is built to the level of a runway meaning it is strong enough to be used as a runway during emergencies.

A new VIP lounge that is currently under construction near Terminal Two is expected to be completed in April, in time for the arrival of world leaders for the Economic Forum for Africa that is scheduled to be held in Dar es Salaam for the first time in May.

The VIP building is being funded by China Sonangol International to the tune of $6 million.

It will accommodate more than 75 guests and still have room to spare, compared with the one-room VIP lounge at Terminal Two.

The VIP conference room can accommodate more than 36 people.

On completion of another project to Terminal 3, within the same area, the JK Nyerere International Airport will be able to handle seven million passengers a year.

This will enable it to compete with other regional airports such as Nairobis Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, officials say.

Dr Kawambwa says construction of buildings for Terminal Three will start soon.

The terminal will house international passenger lounges, commercial complexes, hotels and a fuel station, which is currently at terminal one.


Demolition of houses in the nearby Kipawa suburb to pave the way for the expansion has already been done.

By mid this month, Tsh17 billion ($12.7 million) out of Tsh18 billion ($13.4 million) had been paid out to Kipawa residents as compensation and to fund relocation to Pugu, Kipunguni and Majohe areas, on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam.

A master plan for the airport aims to make it the largest and the busiest international hub in the region.

This is partly symbolised by TAAs plan to launch an ambitious export processing zone project to stimulate manufacturing and production of value-added goods, boost exports and aid in the financing of airport maintenance and upgrading.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 03:35 AM   #5
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Ethiopia (ADD)

Probably the most modern airport in all of East Africa,
Bole International Airport
The airport has two terminals, 1 being for domestic and regional flights and the second being for international....




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Hey buddy I think you forgot Sudan
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I didn't add South Sudan, Sudan or Eritrea yet because IMO not much to report on them yet..But just because I didn't list them yet doesn't mean no one can't post news about 'em.
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Ethiopian Airlines is getting its first 787s next year. You can check out the video of their personalized 787 exterior, business & economy class on their website..
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Kenya Airways

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Power outages at airport cost KQ a fortune: Naikuni

Recent power outages at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport have cost the national carrier a lot of money.

Kenya Airways managing director Titus Naikuni said that they now have to reroute all passengers who missed connections to their destinations at no extra cost.

Where there are no immediate connections, Kenya Airways is providing passengers with hotel accommodation and booking them on the first available flights to their destinations, he added.

Mr Naikuni blamed the Kenya Airports Authority and Kenya Power for the power hitches at the airport.

Stable and consistent

We have lost a lot of money and this cannot be allowed to continue. It is the responsibility of the Kenya Airports Authority to ensure that power supply at the airport is stable and consistent, Mr Naikuni said.

Mondays 7pm power failure at the airport was the third in 36 hours and Kenya Airways diverted three flights to domestic and regional airports.

Flights KQ121 from Rome and KQ763 from Johannesburg were diverted to Mombasa International Airport, while flight KQ500 from Libreville was diverted to Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.

Flight KQ613 from Mombasa to Nairobi was on the runway in Mombasa.

KAA managing director Stephen Gichuki said the power failure was caused by an underground fault on the high voltage cable that had caused a blackout on Sunday.

The airport has two independent feeder power lines from Kenya Power; the earth fault caused both the main and back-up power lines to trip. The back-up generators came on but failed to load power due to the same fault, Mr Gichuki said.

The airport has four back-up generators two 1,400 KVA generators and two 1,000 KVA generators which fire up whenever there is no power from the Kenya Power grid, he said.

KAA is to buy three more generators that will be dedicated to essentials the runway, taxiways and control tower. Mr Gichuki said everything will be in place in 15 months.

Internal circuit

Kenya Power communications officer Migwi Theuri blamed the airports internal circuit for the power failure.

We supply power to a sub-station at the airport and we do not manage their internal cabling, Mr Theuri said.

The 14 flights diverted to Mombasa, Entebbe, Kigali and Dar es Salaam will land in Nairobi. KAA and Kenya Power engineers restored power at the airport by early morning on Tuesday.

Kenya Airways spokesman Chris Karanja declined to say normality had resumed until the night fell and the runways were lit.

JKIA is the largest airport in East and Central Africa, and is a focal point for aviation activity in the region.
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EBB l Entebbe International Airport

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Fuel shortage bites Entebbe airport

Several planes landing at Entebbe airport were last week being asked to refuel at either Jomo Kenyatta International airport or Dar-es-Salaam due to shortage of aviation fuel.

State Minister for Transport Steven Chebrot, attribute the problem partly to the low reserve capacity at the airport. He said the current reserve capacity was four million litres which can only last less than a month in times of crisis. Why is the reserve not increased to 20 million litres? Dr Chebrot asked, but answered: The oil companies say Uganda Revenue Authority taxes fuel at the border yet they cant store taxed fuel for long. May be we need to revise the law and tax fuel after sale.

Dr Chebrot said aviation fuel destined for Entebbe was diverted by the Kenyan government because western Kenya was experiencing shortage. If fuel is destined for Uganda, I dont know why another country diverts it, he said. The 500.000 litres of fuel have since been released but it is not enough to meet the demand.

Sources told this newspaper that because refuelling of planes had been diverted to other airports, some businesses were beginning to experience volume reduction which could also impact on tax volumes.

Dr Chebrot on Friday said a red flag had been raised by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We had a hitch in the normal flow of supply; oil companies alerted us in time, said Ignie Igundura, the CAA spokesman.

Mr Igundura said the problem affected ad hoc flights which were being asked to come to Entebbe with enough fuel or refuel at other airports. But scheduled flights had been catered for. Yesterday, Mr Igundura said the situation was under control.

Dr Chebrot revealed that CAA had only 1.2 million litres of fuel in the reserves and that another 500,000 litres were being transported into the country, making it a reserve of 1.7million litres. He acknowledged that the 1.7million litres can only serve for four days while the airport reserve capacity can only serve for eight days.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Entebbe Handling Services, (ENHAS), a local firm, had expressed interest to develop a cargo centre and commercial duty free park.

NRM party MPs have given a go-ahead for the development but recommend that Dodsal Infrastructure Developers Ltd, a foreign firm, be given the deal.The give-away of the deal to an investor became controversial in 2009 after it emerged that Dodsal had a memorandum of understanding with the government to modernise the airport.

In 2008, ENHAS had wrote to CAA asking to develop similar infrastructure but it is not clear why Dodsal was preferred. Mr Igundura, however, said CAA is floating the development of the airport to whoever can work with us on joint venture.
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KGL l Kigali International Airport (Rwanda)

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Kigali International Airport Gets Modern Re-Fuelling Trucks

P Aviation, a local aviation company, yesterday, unveiled three state-of-the-art jet refuelling trucks which will be servicing Kigali International Airport, replacing the old and outdated trucks.

The Mercedes Axor trucks, two with capacity of 36, 000 each and a smaller one with a capacity 18, 000 litres, complete with adjustable ladders, mean that any airplane can refuel at Kigali International Airport, including Jumbo jets.

The trucks which boast the latest jet refuelling technology were, yesterday, unveiled by the Minister of Infrastructure, Albert Nsengiyumva, in the presence of several government officials and business leaders, at the aviation fuel depot in Kanombe, Kicukiro District.

Minister Nsengiyumva described the development as a major step towards the government's goal of raising the standards of the country's main airport.

"We are impressed much as we know that we still have a long way to go. We want to ensure that our airport receives as many people as possible,"

"The government is willing to support local investors who want to invest in airport facilities. We want to see the capacity of the people using our airport increasing, and with such facilities, we are sure more airlines will consider the Kigali route," he added.

Nsengiyumva said that the new equipment means that the airport has the capacity to refuel all planes, observing that the new technology comes at a time when more airlines are targeting the Kigali route.

Among other things, he said, the government wants to increase in the short-term the fuel reserves at the airport from two million cubic litres to about three million and, at the same time, set competitive fuel prices to ensure that most airlines consider refuelling in Kigali.

According to the Director of SP Group, Charles Daudi Maingu, the airport lacked refuelling equipment until 2010 when SP took over from Bakri International Energy, an Indian subsidiary which held the contract to refuel planes.

"The trucks were old so we imported brand new equipment from the UK. The bigger trucks have a capacity of 36, 000 litres which means that they can refuel any plane in a single route,"

"We have also invested in different systems in the depot, including the hydrant system which had initially broken down. We also revamped the fuel pump while our fire fighting capacity has also been improved," Maingu said.

According to the director of finance at SP, Jean Pierre Rubulika, the company invested over US$861, 000 in the Mercedes Axor trucks and intends to invest more US$3 million in the fuel reserve facility.

Businessman Egide Gatera, who has a stake in the investment, said that, as a Rwandan company, the group is committed to investing in the best aviation services which foreigners had initially failed to provide, noting that the refuelling technology is the first of its kind in the region.
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KIS l Kisumu International Airport (Kenya)

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Kisumu Airport Turns International in Two Weeks

Kisumu airport is set to go international in the next two weeks according to transport permanent secretary Cyrus Njiru.

The airport, whose Sh3.3 billion upgrade started in October 2008 will now accommodate bigger aircrafts, international departures and landing as well as international cargo lines by late this month.

Speaking during a tour of the airport, Njiru said the facility will open its doors to international flights by July 27 according to schedule of completion.

The airport was due for completion by May this year but was postponed after completion was delayed. The government was also finalising plans to extend the runway from the previous 3.2 kilometers to 3.5 kilometers following request by local leaders.

The new airport will now handle larger aircraft like giant Boeing 737 planes that would fly directly from Kisumu to other international destinations. It will be bigger than Wilson Airport in Nairobi and capable of taking in four Boeings and up to seven smaller planes at once.

The airport now boasts of a modern control tower and a terminal with separate lounges for arrivals and departures, cargo handling facilities, the passenger, cafeteria, VIP lounge and offices.

The airport is also expected to start handling cargo which will come as a big relief to traders there. Currently, fish and flowers from the region have to be transported to Nairobi by road resulting in heavy losses in terms of time lost, wastage and additional transportation costs.

The completion makes it Kenya's fourth international airport after Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Moi International Airport, Mombasa, and Eldoret International Airport in Eldoret.

Njiru said the airport has been expanded to handle larger aircraft in order to open up the western Kenya region to investors in various sub-sectors of the economy and in particular, the development of the Western Kenya tourism circuit, fisheries and agriculture.
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EBB l Entebbe International Airport (Uganda)

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Entebbe International cleared as an A380 emergency landing airport

he Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) over the weekend released information that the airport was cleared by an inspection panel of Emirates, Dubais award-winning airline, to serve as an emergency landing airport, following successful "simulations" being carried out.

It is understood that the airline was seeking landing site options for emergency diversions which might occur in flight. A source at the CAA added that the airport was cleared, however, with the restriction that upon landing the two outer engines need to be shut down for taxiing as the width of runway and taxiway was not yet expanded to the size an A380 would under normal circumstances require to taxi under all four engines running.

Entebbe is due for another major expansion in coming years, which will include added apron spaces for aircraft to be parked, the eventual relocation of the cargo center to the "old airport" side, and the doubling in size of the passenger terminal to cater to the anticipated growth in air traffic.
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The airport was undergoing expansion. Design:


Now the airport today after construction:
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Kenya Airways at Entebbe International Airport
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NBO l Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Kenya)

KAA Seeks Private Parternship for JKIA Expansion

The airport is currently serving close to 6 million people (or higher by now), and it was designed for only 2-2.5 million. The expansion will allow it to serve at least 9 million people. The terminal is expected to be completed in 2012 (but we'll see)


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