Three Cabinet Secretaries and
KTF Chairman made an impromptu visit to the Jomo Kenyatta
International Airport as Kenya gears up for direct flights to
the United States and also do a quick fact finding trip.
Transport CS James Macharia, Internal Security CS Fred Matiang’i
and their Tourism counterpart Najib Balala announced the
formation of a Cabinet committee involving officials from the
three ministries to streamline operations at the JKIA with the
next 100 days.
The Transport CS said measures proposed by his two Cabinet
colleagues will go a long way in ensuring that JKIA meets the
required compliance standards needed for direct flights to the
Macharia said the government is working round the clock to
ensure gaps experienced in the management of the Kenya Airports
authority are sealed as well as ensure agencies operating at the
airport work together to improve services.
"We came here because this is a key strategic institution of
government in terms of making this country a hub and making sure
we are who we claim we are and improve services," said the
Transport CS, Macharia.Dr Matiangi said his ministry will ensure
that security at the airport is enhanced.
"We want to make sure there is order and that this place is
"When you visit Kenya and you land in Nairobi, this is your
first contact with Kenya and it must be worth the while of
everyone who comes into the country," said Dr Matiang’i.
On his part Kenya Tourism Federation KTF Chairman Mohammed
Hersi appreciated the visit by the high echelon of government
ministers to streamline operations at the main hub of Jomo
Kenyatta Interna-tional Airport.
"We believe JKIA has what it takes to grow Nairobi as a hub.
KTF Chairman has also called on the government to double their
efforts in supporting the national carrier Kenya Airways as they
make progress to fly out of their current turbulence.
"We must ensure that JKIA ups its game to be able to deliver
world class departure and arrival experience."
On the ground The MD/CEO of Kenya Airports Authority Jonny
Andersen and the General Manager Jimmy Kibati, Group MD and CEO
Kenya Airways Sebastian Mikosz were at hand to take the team
around the airport.