Authorities at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Thursday grounded two passenger airlines for reportedly engaging in illegal activities.
Speaking at JKIA on Thursday, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the two have been operating as cargo airlines when they are licensed to only carry passengers. He did not disclose the names of the two airlines.
"I am happy to announce that two airlines operating illegal activities have been grounded. Whoever else is engaged in such activities should be warned that action will be taken without delay and mercy."
The CS called on the Inspector General of Police to take firm action against any airline found contravening regulations.
This comes after authorities launched investigations into claims that aircraft operators at Wilson and Jomo Kenyatta International airports have been violating cargo carriage rules.
On his part, Interior and National Coordination of Government Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi gave Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) a period of three months to reform and improve service delivery at JKIA.
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said the government is keen to improve services at the facility. “Service delivery at the airport is important for the country, as its the gateway to Kenya and tourists and gives a perception of the country,” he said.
The CSs were speaking during the signing of a service delivery chatter between six ministries on the improvement of service delivery at JKIA.