In Summary
  • Cases of bird strikes are increasingly being cited as the cause of emergency landings at JKIA.
  • KCAA director-general Gilbert Kibe said the KAA needs to invest in a bird deterrent system to curb the dangers that are posed by these creatures along the flight paths and at the airports

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is on the spot for a lack of scaring kits at major airports to curb bird strikes blamed for emergency landings and repair costs running into millions of shillings.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), which is mandated to ensure the safety of the airlines, said it had unsuccessfully held talks with the KAA to have the agency install bird scaring kits along the flight paths.

Cases of bird strikes are increasingly being cited as the cause of emergency landings at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi and Moi International Airport, Mombasa.

KCAA director-general Gilbert Kibe said the KAA needs to invest in a bird deterrent system to curb the dangers that are posed by these creatures along the flight paths and at the airports.

“KAA lacks more specialised equipment to deter these birds from colliding with the aircraft,” said Mr Kibe in an interview with the Business Daily.

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