Thursday, July 18, 2013

Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) voted Number 1

KAMPALA, UGANDA - Kilimanjaro International Airport near Arusha, in Tanzania was named the overall top airport in terms of attracting new airlines and marketing by the Routes Africa Summit 2013 that ended in Kampala.
The airport according to Routes has attracted over 14 international and regional airlines in few years. Its passenger haulage is just below 4 million passengers per year.
According to Nigel Mayes VP Commercial – Routes, UBM Live Kilimanjaro airport has showed tremendous growth overtaking a number of airports in Africa in terms of arrivals.
“Kilimanjaro International Airport has delivered true route development results. Launching three new international airlines, Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways and Turkish Airlines, in the last year is a fantastic achievement along with delivering on a clear air service development strategy which was set out three years ago,” Mayes said.
Kilimanjaro serves the cities of Arusha and Moshi.
After collecting the award, Christine Mwakatobe  said: “This has been one of the most amazing evenings for us at Kilimanjaro International Airport to win this award.”
She is the Business Development Manager, Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company.
The airport also serves the international tourism industry based on Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park. The airport bills itself as the “Gateway to Africa's Wildlife Heritage.”
It opened on December 2, 1971 at a cost of $13 million. The construction was financed by a long term loan from the Italian government.  In 1998, it became the first international airport in Africa to be privatized and is operated by the Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company.
“Its tremendous growth has beaten everyone on the continent,” said Mayes.
The airport weathered the challenge from the Maputo International Airport Maputo, Quatro de Fevereiro Airport Luanda, Kotoka International Airport Accra and the Julius Nyerere International Airport.

Source; Business Week

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