The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has introduced a strategic plan to implement an additional backup power system at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and other airports nationwide. The project is set to conclude within the next month, with the primary goal of fortifying the international airport’s capacity to respond promptly to any unforeseen power disruptions.
This decision follows a recent power outage at JKIA, triggered by a nationwide grid failure on Saturday, November 11. In response to the incident, KAA activated backup generators, successfully restoring power within an impressive 8–20-minute time-frame, according to a report by Citizen Digital.
KAA has outlined that the synchronization of the supplementary backup power infrastructure will be finalized over the next 30 days, ensuring a robust and instant support system for any potential power interruptions.
This occurrence coincided with a widespread power outage affecting various regions of the country. Kenya Power promptly addressed the situation, providing reassurance to the public and confirming ongoing efforts to reinstate normalcy.
The disruption at JKIA raised concerns among affected individuals, marking the second such incident in the past three months. This development is particularly significant considering the commitment made by Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen to proactively prevent future outages at the international airport.
Back in August 2023, Murkomen instituted organizational changes at KAA, including the dismissal of key personnel, in response to a similar power outage. The restructuring aimed to tackle management challenges that had led to operational disruptions.
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“By mutual consent, the contract of Mr. Alex Gitari, who has been the managing director of Kenya Airports Authority, has been terminated,” Murkomen said.