Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has won the “Stat Times” International Award for Excellence in Air cargo in the highly acclaimed category of the African Airport of the year.
JKIA first scooped the award in 2011 when it participated in the survey for the first time, while in 2013 JKIA was the runner up.
The winners of the awards are determined based on the most votes generated within the industry.
The worldwide readers of Stat Times indicate their choice through an online poll, spanning a month, and the top two with maximum number of votes polled are chosen as the “winner” and the “highly acclaimed” in each category.
Mr Yatich Kangugo, Ag. managing director Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) expressed his appreciation at receiving the award.
“This award validates our ongoing efforts to improving facilities at JKIA Cargo area, and our excellence in customer service. It is evident to me that our staff at JKIA have truly embraced our vision of providing globally competitive airport facilities and services,” he said.
In 2014, the airport handled 300,000 tons of cargo.
JKIA has, for the past 10 years, witnessed a significant boost in air cargo traffic to and from Europe, Asia, America, and most recently China and Australia.
This is what has culminated in JKIA being an emerging force and destination in the air cargo industry.
Through deliberate planning and embracing public and private sector participation, the airport has registered a steady transformation in the way air cargo is managed.
Since 2010 JKIA has witnessed the entry of several modern transit sheds, increasing its overall capacity to 1 million tons annually. In 2012 Swissport and Transglobal started their operations.
Transglobal transit shed boasts of an electric transfer vehicle , making JKIA one of the top four airports in Africa with that facility.
In 2014, Signon opened their ultra modern transit shed with a capacity to handle 200,000 metric tons per annum.