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Eldoret international Airport resumes cargo flight operations

Eldoret international Airport resumes cargo flight operations

Eldoret,

Thursday, 14 March, 2024

McCreadie Andias,

Cargo flight operations have recommenced at Eldoret International Airport, following an eight-month suspension.

The middle east Astral Aviation aircraft from Sharjah, UAE was today water waved flagging off, a significant milestone which is anticipated to transform Eldoret into a regional cargo hub.

The development will also enable weekly 40-ton cargo flights to the Middle East and beyond.The Sucess was attributed to the concerted efforts by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) and key aviation stakeholders, including the Kenya Airfreight Handling Limited (KAICC), the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), and North Rift Economic Bloc (NoREB).

The event was graced key stakeholders including Nandi County Governor and Chair of NOREB, H.E. Stephen Sang, KAA Board Chairman, Hon. Caleb Kositany, KRA Board Chairman, Mr. Anthony Mwaura, and Chairman Kenya Association of International Cargo Consolidators Mr. Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman among other stakeholders.

Speaking during the reception event held at the Airport, Hon Kositany, called for public – Private partnerships to acceleration cargo aviation. “Air cargo is an integral component of the aviation industry, We’ve therefore embarked on a strategy to improve cargo handling capacity within our network. We continue to embrace the public-private partnerships in the development of our projects.” Kotisany said.

Kotisany shared his insights on the venture’s potential to elevate cargo traffic, improve connectivity, and stimulate trade. Noting that the initiative is expected to significantly benefit the economy, opening up new business opportunities and strengthening the region’s position in global trade networks.

Meanwhile, Nandi County Governor Stephen Sang urged stakeholders within the horticulture and Dairy industry to promote the cargo services of the Airport “This renewed focus on cargo operations positions Eldoret International Airport as a strategic hub for trade, fostering economic growth and prosperity within our region.I urge stakeholders within the horticulture, dairy, and related sectors of our economy to capitalize on the airport’s services for their cargo exports.”Governor sang said.

Eldoret International Airport is uniquely positioned to serve as a hub for agribusiness exports, with its two warehouses capable of handling over 100 metric tons of dry cargo.

The airport’s strategic location and favorable climatic conditions make it an ideal gateway for exporting agricultural produce, including cut flowers, French beans, and avocados, among others.

Last year, Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen disclosed plans for runway extension and facility upgrades at the airport which underscored the strategic intent to elevate its cargo handling capacity.

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