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NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – The Kenya Airports Authority is planning a Sh3.8 billion upgrade of Mombasa’s Moi International Airport.

Speaking in Mombasa, Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Managing Director George Muhoho said the project would entail a reconstruction of the runway and a new taxiway guidance system, in line with the projected increase in number of airlines using the airport as well as rise in passenger traffic.

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Mombasa airport to get a face lift

BY CHARITY KATAGO
Updated 116days 3 hours 2 minutes ago

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – The Kenya Airports Authority is planning a Sh3.8 billion upgrade of Mombasa’s Moi International Airport.

Speaking in Mombasa, Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Managing Director George Muhoho said the project would entail a reconstruction of the runway and a new taxiway guidance system, in line with the projected increase in number of airlines using the airport as well as rise in passenger traffic.

“This will include all-round fencing of the airport, which has recently been vandalised, improving water supply in the airport and reparing the road network,” Mr Muhoho said.

He said the airfield lighting would also be refurbished and new ones installed while a new standby generator would also be installed in the face-lift.

The airport’s boss further announced that Moi International Airport had been ranked third among African airfields by the Airports Council International (ACI) in the Airport Service Quality 2008 awards.

ACI is a global trade representative of airports with 597 members.

The ACI benchmarking survey examines airports in areas of access, security checks, check-in, passport control, signage, facilities, environment and the passenger arrival process.

“This recognition is important to KAA because it benchmarks Moi against other international airports and therefore offers insights into the crucial areas of improvement that require to be addressed,” Mr Muhoho said.

“This is a passenger perception benchmarking system for airports across the world that we participate in so that we can become better at what we do.”

Mr Muhoho said KAA had put security and safety high on its agenda for the airport and therefore would ensure adequacy of the facility’s fire cover and conduct a regular audit of the airport’s security infrastructure and level of staff competence.

“In order to give passengers a better sense of security, the authority will install closed circuit television cameras all over the airport,” he said

With passenger traffic growing at the airport, the authority also announced plans to expand the available restaurant facilities to accommodate this demand.

At the same time Mr Muhoho said the authority would also expand the airport’s cargo infrastructure including building transit shades for aircrafts and a cold room for fish and fruits destined for export markets.
 

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World Bank to finance Mombasa Airport and South Sudan road work

By Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN | Apr 25, 2011

(eTN) - Information was received over the Easter weekend that the World Bank has reportedly agreed with the Kenya government to extend a soft loan of up to 25 billion Kenya shillings (US$297.6 million) to co-finance two crucial infrastructural projects. One, important to tourism, is the modernization and likely expansion of the Moi International Airport in Mombasa, the main entry gate for hundreds of thousands of sun and fun seeking holiday makers from Europe, arriving on charter flights from key gateways across Britain and the European mainland. This alone will be welcome news to the tourism sectors stakeholders, as alongside this project the new highway linking the airport with the South Coast of Mombasa is also due to go ahead.

Further inland though a second key project, also with likely impact on tourism, but more so on trade in this case, is to be financed with the loan. The road between Kitale and the border to the South Sudan is to be upgraded, aimed to make direct traffic from Kenya to South Sudan a reality without having to travel via Uganda, the most efficient route at present. Once the road from Kitale to the Kenya/South Sudan border has been completed, and the link from there to Juba via other important towns in South Sudan also been upgraded, traveling time will be cut into less than half compared to present circumstances. This road connection can conceivably also be used then to transport safari clients to the attractive and little explored game parks in Southern Sudan, where 6 national parks and over a dozen game reserves have been set aside for wildlife and nature conservation.

South Sudan, upon attaining independence on July 9 this year, is expected to make immediate efforts to become a member state of the East African Community, which when it becomes a reality, will make travel across a unified region even more attractive for tourists seeking to explore the great wildernesses of our region. Expect regular updates on these developments and progress on the projects right here.

source: http://www.eturbonews.com/22482/world-bank-finance-mombasa-airport-and-south-sudan-road-work
 

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Qatar Airways announces seven new routes for 2012


Operating from the airline’s hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, all seven new routes will be launched over the next few months. They will join previously announced Baku and Tbilisi, the capital cities of Azerbaijan and Georgia, respectively, which are will become part of Qatar Airways’ family of routes from February 1.

Speaking at the Dubai Air Show today, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker unveiled the new destinations, stressing the airline’s relentless expansion strategy was continuing with vigour.

“We are continuing what we started back in 1997 when Qatar Airways was launched with new routes and new aircraft being introduced at an unprecedented rate to further strengthen what is truly a global network airline,” said Al Baker.

“Our mission has been to operate to key business and leisure destinations around the world, but also to underserved markets where others dare not venture into. We take bold decisions to serve certain markets because we believe it makes strong business sense.

“Today’s announcement shows the confidence Qatar Airways has in such a diverse range of destinations. We look forward to offering even greater choice to the travelling public that they so deserve.”

The announcement of Perth – Qatar Airways’ second route in Australia – comes almost two years after the launch of the airline’s first route Down Under, to Melbourne.

In Europe, where the airline has launched seven routes this year, the addition of Helsinki and Zagreb will further strengthen its presence on the continent. Helsinki will become the fourth Nordic route served by Qatar Airways, with already successful operations in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo.

Qatar Airways’ African expansion which, in the past two weeks, has included route launches to Entebbe in Uganda and the Libyan port city of Benghazi – the first on the African continent since 2007 – will see three more destinations added in the region next year.

Kigali, rich in mining and capital of Rwanda, together with Kenya’s second largest city and popular tourist centre of Mombasa, and the mystic spice island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean, will significantly boost the airline’s African network, to where it already flies to 16 cities.

Flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be added with the launch of a new route to Gassim, the carrier’s fifth destination in the country, a market to where Qatar Airways has raised capacity by more than doubling frequency in recent months to Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Medina.

Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, currently operates a modern fleet of 102 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to 109 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America from its Doha hub.

The airline’s aggressive 2011 expansion programme has so far seen the launch of flights to 14 destinations – Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium), Stuttgart (Germany), Aleppo (Syria), Shiraz (Iran), Venice (Italy), Montreal (Canada), Medina (Saudi Arabia), Kolkata (India), Sofia (Bulgaria), Oslo (Norway), Benghazi (Libya) and Entebbe (Uganda).

The Chinese city of Chongqing becomes Qatar Airways’ final new route of 2011, being launched as its fifth gateway in China on November 28.

Recently named Airline of the Year 2011 by global industry audit Skytrax, award-winning Qatar Airways will operate over 120 aircraft to more than 120 destinations worldwide by 2013
 

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✈ Moi International Airport (MBA) |Mombasa Airport

This thread is for photos and general development news on this airport.
 

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Thanks for the thread xJamaax
 

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The airport needs a major Revamp i wish it could bigger and better than the airport the are building in Zanzibar.... A few weeks ago didnt one of the lounges burn any pics of that... great photos
 

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The airport needs a major Revamp i wish it could bigger and better than the airport the are building in Zanzibar.... A few weeks ago didnt one of the lounges burn any pics of that... great photos
Natazama picha za kituo cha ndege cha Zanzibar but it seemes to me MBA is better than Zanzibar, ama hizi ni picha za Zanzi A/P ni za kitambo? see below Zanzi A/P, it also seems smaller compared to MBA - Kenya ama?






I must say though their chairs look better than ours :)


...and for MBA:



I think our MBA terminals look better too ama? lakini si maanishi kusema wakenya ni wema kuliko dada na kaka zetu wa Zanzi :)

 

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Mombasa is bigger but at Zanzibar they are building a bigger terminal and it will be better than MBA and if the KAA doesnt have any plans to build a new terminal then that to bad
 

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Mombasa is bigger but at Zanzibar they are building a bigger terminal and it will be better than MBA and if the KAA doesnt have any plans to build a new terminal then that to bad
I agree, and I guess they will only increase the terminal size if and only if the traffic increases. Only time will tell.
 
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