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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Kisumu Airport Closed - Runways washed out!

Runway in "Perfect Condition" washed away! - KAA

The airport has been in the news for the past one month due to the poor condition of its runway, which forced Kenya Airways to suspend flights citing potholes on the runway.

Mr Titus Naikuni, the Kenya Airways chief executive, said the runway was dangerous for both landing and take off. Earlier, the acting Kisumu airport manager, Mr Leonard Rinchuni, had denied the claim saying the airport's runway was in perfect condition and that it did not warrant KA's suspension of flights.

Above as reported in the Daily Nation on 26 Nov 2006 (registration required).

Here is KAA's rebuttal to KQ withdrawing its flights! Less than 10 days later, all flights to Kisumu are "suspended" for runway repairs!

Earlier, I had highlighted the absurdity of KAA's insistence that the runway at Kisumu was in "perfect condition"... Heavy rains are a feature at Kisumu... Couldn't the "perfect condition" runway take it?

Or was it that the runway was shoddily built/maintained by politically connected firms?

There were lots of defenders of KAA, who claimed KQ could not take the heat of competition! I think KQ cares more about the safety of its passengers & reputation!

Bankelele agrees with my assessment. After hearing whoppers for years from Kenyan government functionaries, I am sceptical of what they say.

KAA should be eliminated. The airports should be privatised as is common in many stronger economies including UK & Australia. I say give over the airports to KQ (or some other PRIVATE entity) & you will see a HUGE difference in quality & performance over a relatively short period.


xtra-cash said...

Coldtusker.. true dat.Never trust anything coming out of a government funcionary's mouth. All they care about is job security and helping the politicians screw the country. People's lives and truth come last

Kudrinketh said...

Give KAA to KQ! no way,KQ would naturally frustrate its competitors by creating US-style monopolistic hubs in its favor.I say just privatise KAA through a strategic partner and NSE.

I still say MPs need to pass privatization legislation ASAP so that we can privatise all govt-run enterprises except Central Bank,KRA and the military,that's it.everything else privatise including the police.(armed watchmen would do better than these corrupt police,just look at Uganda)

bankelele said...

more weekend fallout; There was a break-in at KAA offices (JKIA) and they just fired the Kisumu Airport Manager (transfered him to Nairo)

coldtusker said...

xtra-cash - True!

kudri - KAA needs to be privatised asap even if its "sold" to KQ.
The current management is incompetent & ill-suited for the current cutthroat business environment!

banks - So they xfer the underperformer to Nairobi? Mungu Tusaidie!

The rot runs all the way to the top to muhohohoho... a joke...

E-Nyce said...

And once again, our Chinese friends to the rescue:
"...a contractor, China Wu Yi Company, will work on a 24-hour schedule to ensure that the airport repairs are effected to operational standards."

"operational standards" - translated, "Once again, Kenyans f**k it up, let's gets some foreigners to do the job right."

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