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Airlines demand action and resignations

Another power outage hits Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Jul 17, 2011

(eTN) - Earlier this morning, East Africa’s most important aviation gateway, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), was again hit by a power outage, delaying incoming and outgoing flights.

Kenya Airways just moments ago tweeted their return to normal operations to their thousands of followers on Twitter and also announced the same on their Facebook page to reach as many as possible – notably with an apology, while the Kenya Airport Authority, responsible for the repeated mess, remains shtumm as usual.

Said one regular source from JKIA to this correspondent when passing along the information: "These people at KAA [Kenya Airports Authority] have no idea how to run an airport. Only recently a water boiler exploded. This is probably the fourth or fifth outage with major consequences for safety and [a] huge cost for us air operators.

"It is time someone responsible is getting fired now or some of these clowns resign, because they simply cannot deliver. As long as politics are involved in aviation, like the past CEO Muhoho who is related to [someone] high up, there can never be professionalism. They should all be put on a one-way flight to Antarctica or some place isolated and never come back to JKIA."

The damage done to airlines this year alone through power failures without back-up immediately coming online, has not been formally quantified but is thought to have run into the combined millions of dollars.

Another power outage hits Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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