In Summary
  • In a notice to companies based at Wilson, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority says the firms will not be carrying out repairs and other activities at Wilson.
  • Operators have, however, faulted the move, saying JKIA is equally congested and has no space to build hangars, let alone carry out repairs.
  • Wilson Airport has, in recent weeks, been plagued by incidents involving at least three planes, prompting an investigation by the KCAA.

Local firms with planes exceeding seven tonnes will soon start operating from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi, in a move aimed at decongesting Wilson Airport following a series of mishaps.

In a notice to companies based at Wilson, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority says the firms will not be carrying out repairs and other activities there, in a directive that will take effect at a date yet to be agreed upon.

Operators have, however, faulted the move, saying JKIA is equally congested and has no space to build hangars, let alone carry out repairs.

HIGH COSTS

Managers of local airlines who spoke to the Nation in confidence said the move will result in extra costs.

They said should KCAA make good its directive to relocate their planes to JKIA, airlines with maintenance facilities at Wilson will have to dig deeper into their pockets to set up new facilities to service their planes.

The move will also cause firms with aircraft above seven tonnes to rely on maintenance facilities owned by Kenya Airways, Africa Express and Jetlink.

Airlines will also be required to acquire new operational offices at JKIA and part with a landing fee and other charges to be able to operate there effectively.

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