False In May this year, Kenya Airways joined hands with three of the country’s leading business associations in a dramatic public gesture of support for Kenya’s tourism industry. Led by CEO Titus Naikuni, KQ staff joined members of The British Business Association of Kenya, the East African Association and the American Chamber of Commerce for a publicity photograph showing business leaders alongside the slogan ‘ Kenya is Open for Business’. More than 200 leaders from various foreign- invested firms, and the diplomatic corps travelled to the Mara to show their support for the initiative. Recent political events have had a devastating economic impact on all trade sectors in Kenya. Tourism, which in 2007 earned Kshs 65.4 billion ( US$ 941 million), has shouldered the greatest burden. At the beginning of 2008, approximately 200,000 tourism and associated sector employees were laid off or had their salaries cut. In an extended family culture, with up to 10 people relying on every worker’s salary, this meant that over two million people became economically disadvantaged. “ This exercise is proof, if any more were needed, of the strength and energy of Kenya’s private sector and its importance in creating economic growth and positive change in our country,” said Mr Mills from the British Business Association of Kenya. ALL SMILES FOR KENYA’S TOURISM From July, Kenya Airways will fly three times a week to Charles de Gaulle Airport ( CDG), with departures on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, returning to Nairobi on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. msafiri 147 PARIS FLIGHTPATH NEW ROUTE IN THIS ISSUE n 147 NEWS A round up of KQ news n 148 KISUMU airport Kenya’s western hub goes international n 148 CLICK AHEAD THREE SIMPLE STEPS TO HELP YOU TRACE YOUR CARGO ON KQ n 150 WATER WORKS How TO KEEP HYDRATED ON FLIGHTS n 152 COOL KIDS JUNGLE JOLLIES – fun facts and jokes n 154 INFLIGHT INFORMATION How to make your journey easier n 156 HEALTHY TRAVELLING How to stay fresh and relaxed in the air & on your holiday n 158 CONTACTS Complete listings of KQ offices and agents worldwide n 162 FLYING BLUE check out the benefits of joining our frequent flyer programme n 164 ROUTES Kenya, Africa and worldwide maps, with this issue’s spotlight on Maputo What’s happening in the world of Kenya Airways SAFARINJEMA SAFARI NJEMA A year after it was launched in April 2007, the Plant a Future campaign shows little sign of wilting. The environmental project, which aims to protect Kenya’s Ngong Hills watershed through sustainable forestry, conservation and improved livelihoods, received a gift of Kshs18 million from supporters that include Kenya Airways, Coca Cola, Rolls Royce and KLM. This year sees over 200,000 tree seedlings being planted – up from 130,000 in 2007. The Ngong Hills are the source of vital rivers that flow into Nairobi. Owing to their unique ability to protect soils from erosion only indigenous seedlings have been planted. Kenya Airways has contributed over Kshs10 million to the initiative over the past two years. According to KQ’s CEO, Titus Naikuni: “ Kenya Airways’ participation is fuelled by our commitment to protecting a critically important ecosystem and to carrying on a very successful Plant a Future campaign last year.” A GROWING CONCERN Kenya is open for business – that’s the message from KQ staff who gathered in the Mara in May Kenya Airways resumed direct flights to Paris on 10 June, demonstrating the airline’s confidence in the recovery of the tourism sector, which contributes significantly to the passenger traffic on this route. The airline was forced to suspend the flights after a sharp decline in bookings on the route as French citizens reacted to their Government’s decision to join other nations in issuing a travel advisory against travel to Kenya.
False Kisumu Airport, one of Kenya’s oldest domestic airports, is to be brought up to international standards at a cost of Kshs2.6 billion. The tender for the 22- month upgrading project was awarded to the Chinese Overseas Engineering Group Corporation. Work will include: n Extension of the runway by approximately 1,000m and reconstruction of the existing 2,000m runway. n New aircraft parking apron of 40,000 sq m. n Construction of a new terminal building of 3,000 sq m. n Construction of a new 3,500 sq m vehicle parking area and access road. n Construction of a new power substation, two guard houses and a tollbooth. n New airfield ground lighting, including approach lights, drainage and utility services works. Kisumu Airport is located on the shores of Lake Victoria to the northwest of the city. It is an ideal gateway to the new Western Kenya Tourist Circuit, which includes a wealth of little-visited attractions. A boat ride across Lake Victoria, for example, takes you to Mfangano Island, where Governor’s Camp offers an exclusive retreat with just six cottages. Birdwatching and visits to Luo fishing villages are highlights of the region. Ndere Island Game Park, meanwhile, promises sightings of antelope and crocodile, while Rusinga Island is the burial site of political genius Tom Mboya. Rusinga Island Club is built right on the beach and offers activities such as fishing and water skiing. Other Lake Victoria gems worth seeking out include Takawiri Island with its sandy beaches, and Mbasa and Mholo Islands – both renowned for their extraordinary birdlife. www. kenya- airways. com CLICKAHEAD 1 Log on to the KQ website, www. kenya- airways. com 2 Key in your air waybill ( AWB) number, which normally has 11 digits. Start with the first three digits, which are unique to the airline that issued the AWB ( 706 for an AWB Sent a consignment on KQ Cargo and want to know its whereabouts? Our simple and reliable monitoring system – Track and Trace – has the answer Track and trace is not a new concept in the freight industry, but its importance is increasingly being acknowledged. It is a vital tool that allows clients to track the movement of consignments from point of origin to final destination through all the various handling stages. The track- and- trace system benefits KQ clients by allowing them to access information on the progress of their shipments and then relay this information to their own clients. 148 msafiri SAFARI NJEMA KISUMU AIRPORT GOES INTERNATIONAL Lake Victoria – a key part of Kenya’s new western tourist circuit – will benefit from the international expansion of Kisumu airport issued by Kenya Airways). Enter the remaining eight digits, i. e.: 7 0 6 12345678 3 Click on GO or press ENTER on your keyboard. From cars to carnivores… You’d be surprised at the variety of consignments KQ Cargo undertakes. Recently they have ranged from a Volvo S24 ( the prized possession of a diplomat relocating from Bujumbura) to a pair of white lion cubs relocating from Johannesburg to Dubai.