MPs receive proposal for Kenya Airways takeover of JKIA
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26 – The National Assembly’s Transport committee has received the Privately Initiated Investments Proposal (PIIP) that Kenya Airways had presented to Kenya Airports Authority for management of the JKIA.
Committee Chairman David Pkosing received the document on the request of confidentiality from Transport Principal Secretary Esther Koimett owing to the nature of information contained within its 300 pages.
The committee had earlier adjourned its sittings for one hour to allow for the proposal to be retrieved and tabled.
Also in attendance were Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz and KAA MD Jonny Andersen.
Mikosz defended the proposal to take over the airport as a strategy to enable Nairobi remain a top African hub in the next years.
“The whole purpose of doing a PPP and I know it has created a lot of emotions and we have not been given an opportunity to clarify it, is absolutely not to buy or merge Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) but is to have a concession operator agreement which means that the land and the building will remain owned by the KAA and ultimately remain owned by the Kenyan State,” said Mikosz.
Kenya Airports Authority MD Andersen stressed the need of improving the aviation sector in the country to make it competitive and confirmed that the authority had not accepted the PPIP from Kenya Airways.
“KAA has not accepted the KQ PPIP proposal because we are not in a position to say that now. However the evaluation we have done so far has yielded significant gaps that we can see and we need to address them to make sure we are on the right side of history,” said Andersen.
The National Assembly Transport committee is expected to review and give its report in two weeks time.