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Tourism slump hits airports hard

Graph showing visitor arrivals at Nairobi JKIA.

Kenya’s two biggest airports recorded a noticeable decline in visitor arrivals as the country’s tourism sector wallows in a prolonged slump. The depression in tourism is likely to extend well into 2015. Most significantly, the downward trend started around April 2014 when western countries began issuing travel advisories due to fears over the security of […]

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Is Kenya Air Force now flying a Cessna Grand Caravan?

A Cessna Grand Caravan silhoutted against the sun.

There are indications that Kenya’s air force may have acquired a Cessna Grand Caravan. A plain-coloured aircraft of such make has been spotted doing practice flights around Moi Air Base in recent weeks. In addition, reports published last year by the US Department of Defense show that Kenya is among three African countries that are […]

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Nairobi’s JKIA ranked among Africa’s top 5

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Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has been named the 5th best airport in Africa in the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) awards for 2014. The awards are decided from a global survey run by Airports Council International (ACI). The ACI ASQ Survey captures passengers’ experience at all passenger contact points at more than 300 airports […]

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List of approved Aviation Training Organizations in Kenya – February 2015

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has published a list of 19 organizations approved to provide aviation-related training courses in Kenya. The move to publish the list comes in the wake of news reports that certain colleges have been offering aviation courses, including cabin crew and aircraft engineering courses, without approval from KCAA. Below is the […]

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Ex-Skyaero staff lament non-payment of dues

Former employees of Skyaero are lamenting a lack of payment for their services, months after the start-up airline ceased flying between Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. Some of the ex-employees, who requested anonymity, say they feel cheated and have vowed to ensure that they get paid. “No money, no payments, no news of bankruptcy, no announcement, […]

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RwandAir begins Nairobi – Entebbe direct flights on 29 January

RwandAir staff with one of the airline's Boeing 737-700NG aircraft.

RwandAir’s plans for direct flights between Nairobi and Entebbe seem to have succeeded following a recent inter-state pact that permitted talks over fifth freedom rights by East African carriers. The airline, which is Rwanda’s national carrier, is to begin daily flights between Nairobi and Entebbe starting 29th January 2015. “Flights are scheduled to depart at […]

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Fastjet shows early signs of profitability

A Fastjet Airbus A319 on the company's first commercial flight between Dar es Salaam and Lusaka, 1 February 2014.

December 2014 was Fastjet Tanzania’s first profitable trading month according to a report released by the airline today. Revenues, load factors and total number of passengers are also on the rise. Today’s announcement is great news for Fastjet shareholders. This is the first time since scheduled flights began in November 2012 that Fastjet has announced […]

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JKIA belly landing is latest accident for Skyward International Aviation

Aerial view of the Wilson Airport, Nairobi.

The belly landing of a Fokker 50 at Nairobi’s JKIA yesterday is the latest in a string of accidents affecting the aircraft’s operator, Skyward International Aviation. The F-50 did an almost perfect belly landing after the landing gear reportedly failed to deploy. The F-50 was said to be on a flight from Wajir. There was […]

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