Tanzania international airports win coveted awards in Kampala

A $30 million investment -- injected to rehabilitate last year Kilimanjaro International Airport (Kia) -- has had positive outcomes, as the landing field is now ranked highly in Africa, it was revealed here earlier this week.

KIA has scooped top awards during the 8th Routes Africa event held in Kampala between Sunday and Monday this week (July 7 -8), 2013 at the Routes Airport Marketing Awards.

The Julius Nyerere International Airports (JNIA) also emerged as a highly commended facility by a good number of the over 300 aviation professionals from across the world.

KIA was specifically awarded for investing massively in rehabilitating the airport, a development that has attracted a number of new international flights to the destination, a statement said yesterday.

“We would like to congratulate all the winners and highly commended airports and tourism authorities in this regional heat of the 2013 awards. KIA has delivered true route development results,” said Nigel Mayes, Vice President, Commercial – Routes, UBM Live.

KIA is in record as having attracted three international airlines during the past few months. They include Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways and Turkish Airlines.

“This is a fantastic achievement along with delivering on a clear air service development strategy which was set out three years ago,” he added. 

Apart from emerging as the overall winner, KIA were also named as the winner in the awards’ Under 4 Million Passengers category while JNIA was highly recommended in the Under 4 million passengers per annum category.

Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport ranked top from the Over 4 Million Passengers category and the Destination Marketing Award went to Seychelles Tourism Board.

Speaking shortly after the award ceremony, the Tanzanian delegation head Bakari Murusuri from Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company (Kadco) said the recognition was a landmark in the country’s aviation sector.

“The awards are not only an inspiration to the two airports but Tanzania’s aviation sector as a whole. Our focus should now shift to making sure that the two airports stick to the required international standards,” he said.

He added that as the overall winner of the Africa Heat, KIA will automatically be shortlisted for world routes marketing awards that will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in October, 2013.

The Routes Africa Marketing Awards are highly regarded as the most prestigious awards in the industry as they are voted for and judged by the airline network planning community.

They provide the airline community the chance to have their say as to which airport they think provides the best overall marketing services to them whether it be about their particular relationship effective results, provision of data and information or innovative techniques to establish new or maintain and develop existing routes.
Source: The Citizen, reported from Kampala, Uganda
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