Connect with us


Ethiopian Airlines starts cargo exports from Eldoret Airport



Eldoret International Airport. Ethiopian Airlines has started using the facility for export of flowers and other goods. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NMG


The Ethiopian Airlines has started using the Eldoret International Airport for export of flowers and other goods directly to the European market.

Airport manager Walter Agong on Tuesday said the carrier will be landing at the facility with electronic goods and taking off with horticultural products.

“The airline has made its maiden trip and will be linking the airport with markets in Europe where there is high demand for horticulture products, increasing viability of the facility,” said Mr Agong.

Horticultural production in Western Kenya is however still too low to fill up a cargo plane at one go and export the products directly to markets in Europe.

“Our main challenge is lack of partnership with horticulture farmers in order to increase volume of crops meant for export,” said Mr Agong, noting that some airlines have to link up at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to fill the remaining capacity.

The Eldoret airport warehouse can hold 1.2 million tonnes of cargo while the cold storage capacity is 250 tonnes.

But the airport’s 3.5 kilometre runway is short of 500 metres to accommodate large aircraft as required by civil aviation authorities.

“Our plan is to extend the runway strip from the current 3.5km to accommodate bigger aircraft. The current one is Category A, which only allows aircraft such as the Boeing 767 or Airbus 310,” said Mr Agong’. The airport recently received certification based on standards set by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on safety management.“Some shipping agents have pooled resources to operate one large cargo plane in a strategy to cut down on costs as the airport continues to experience low business,” said Mr Agong.

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has however expanded its coldroom storage facility at the airport from 150 metric tonnes to 300 metric tonnes to enable horticultural traders from Western region to access European markets.

A cargo scanner has also been introduced at the airport to inspect imported goods and have strict regulatory systems to check any security lapse at the country’s third international airport.

Mr Agong said stringent measures have been introduced to ensure the airport is not used as a route for contraband goods and improve revenue generation at the facility.

“Computerised and physical scanning systems have been put in place to ensure that the airport is no longer a route for contraband goods imported into the country,” said Mr Agong.

The Eldoret airport has recorded increased numbers of cargo and passenger airlines after it received aerodrome certification by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

The volume of cargo business at the facility has increased to five cargo flights per week while local airlines traffic is up from three to seven.

County governments in Western Kenya region have been petitioned to set up a demonstration farm on modern horticultural production techniques to enable growers penetrate European markets.


Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Congo Airways Orders Two Embraer E195-E2 Jets



Congo Airways Embraer Aircraft (Source: Embraer)

Just six months after their first E2 order, Congo Airways has placed a firm order for two E195-E2 jets. This is in addition to their existing two aircraft order for the smaller E190-E2. The four aircraft deal has a total value of USD 272 million at current list prices. This new firm order will be included in Embraer’s 2020 fourth quarter backlog.

Desire Bantu, CEO of Congo Airways said, “We see an opportunity in our market and the crisis we are all facing for Congo Airways to emerge stronger – which is why we are not waiting to place this further order. These new jets will allow us to extend our passenger and cargo operations regionally to high demand destinations such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Abidjan.

As we prepare for future success, we will have the flexibility, and the right sized, most efficient aircraft, to serve our customers as the market returns.”

“Africa has for too long been thought of as a market of mostly low frequencies and long thin routes. As airlines start ramp up their operations, the E2 family of aircraft is perfectly positioned to right size routes previously operated by narrowbodies, while keeping frequencies and adjusting capacity to new levels,” said Cesar Pereira, vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Congo Airways will benefit from the flexibility provided by the common cockpit on the E2 jet family meaning their flight crews can transition seamlessly between variants.”

The E195-E2 will be configured in a dual class 120 seat layout, 12 in business, 108 in economy. An additional 25% capacity when compared to the 96-seat configuration chosen by Congo Airways for their E190-E2s. The E2 deliveries are expected to begin in 2022 with Embraer and Congo Airways continuing to review the potential to anticipate the beginning of the deliveries. There are currently 206 Embraer aircraft operating in Africa with 56 airlines in 29 countries.

Source: Embraer


Continue Reading


Ozow partners FlySafair to improve air travel access for millions of South Africans



Thomas Pays, Co-Founder and CEO of Ozow

A new partnership between digital payments company Ozow and leading local airline FlySafair is making it easier than ever for South Africans to purchase flight tickets.

According to Ozow co-founder and CEO Thomas Pays, the vast majority of South Africans have no credit cards and require alternative means of purchasing goods and services online. “There are more than 49 million bank accounts but only eight million active credit cards in South Africa. This poses the threat of locking millions out of digital and financial services. As an impact-driven and market-led company, Ozow is at the forefront of developing products, services and partnerships that enable greater digital and financial inclusion for all consumers and businesses. The partnership with South Africa’s most innovative and consumer-friendly airline is one more step toward this goal.”

Kirby Gordon, Chief Marketing Officer at FlySafair, says: “We’ve always respected the need to offer customers without credit cards various options to make payments both online and offline. We’re pleased to have partnered with Ozow who offer a safe, reliable and easy-to-use option for our customers.”

Also Read Interview with Ava Airways CEO, Olivier Arrindell

While airlines have been grounded and air travel limited since lockdown was first implemented in March 2020, South Africans generally love to fly. In 2017 alone, the Airports Company of South Africa tracked more than 40 million passengers traveling through the country’s nine largest airports.

Pays adds that the two companies share a commitment to ensure their services are accessible to all South Africans. “As a business, we work to break down barriers that keep more consumers from enjoying the benefits of digital payments. Cash remains the most expensive and least secure method of payment, but most South Africans still rely on cash payments for most of their purchases. By partnering with likeminded, consumer-led businesses such as FlySafair, we can accelerate the decashing of the South African economy and bring digital and financial empowerment to all South Africans.”

Issued by Design Communications

Continue Reading


iFly Aviation Takes Young Aviators And STEM Program To Uganda



Kampala, Uganda: iFly is an aviation enterprise which is dedicated to bridging the gap between industry and community through inclusive youth empowerment programs. Our core focus is social innovation in Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and driving our initiatives alongside key stakeholders in order to facilitate and enable the next generation.  

Our purpose is to elevate learners by empowering them, motivating and giving insight into opportunities that exist within the aviation industry and educating them along the way. As part of our efforts to drive our initiatives across Africa as to create a pan African movement, we have recently launched our programs in Uganda, this being the second country after South Africa. 

We hosted our first event at Nakasero secondary school in Uganda, to the delight of over 200 students. They were exposed to motivational talks including insights into aviation and its various opportunities. We had a flight simulator session where the students got exposed to a computer based flight simulator in order to see and learn first hand what happens in the cockpit during flight. 

The event was also complimented by a first of its kind engine building project,  an initiative of the Rolls Royce STEM program. Through this workshop, students got to build a 3D model Trent engine, the likes of which powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350, 2 of the most popular wide body airliners in the world. 

Also Read: Meet The First Female Military Pilot In Botswana Advancing Girls In STEM And Entrepreneurship

Our goal a to have such programs running across the continent and we would Like to invite any like minded and passionate people across Africa to join us as ambassadors and adopt iFly STEM under our blue print in their respective countries. We sincerely appreciate our ambassadors in Uganda for pulling off a successful first event. David Ssenkungu, Derrick Talemwa, Peter Mwesigwa and Hosea Datari. 

More Event Pictures:


Visit: iFly

Continue Reading


Most Viewed