While little could be learned at this stage about the specific agenda of the meeting later today at the Kenya Airways’ Pride Centre it is generally thought that aviation infrastructure and related issues will form a key part of discussions between Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and key stakeholders from the aviation industry.
Expected at the meeting are the Cabinet Secretary for Transport and senior ministry officials, the Kenya Airports Authority, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, county governors and of course representatives of the aviation private sector.
A suggestion has been floated to this correspondent that the county governors in particular will be keen to hear how the central government intends to help establish airfields and aerodromes across the country to aid connectivity by air.
Besides Kenya’s and the region’s most important aviation hub, Jomo Kenyatta International, which is presently undergoing a transformation with the recent opening of the new Terminal 1A, the soon to be opened ‘Temporary Terminal’ and the ongoing demolition of the arrivals complex which was wrecked by a fire in August 2013, are several other international and regional airports strategically located across Kenya. Second in importance is the Moi International Airport in Mombasa, followed by Kisumu, Eldoret and Malindi. Nairobi’s second airport, Wilson, also handles flights from the region and beyond but is largely seen as Kenya’s safari aviation hub with most departures leaving to the national parks and such aerodromes like Lamu or Ukunda and other secondary and tertiary airfields.