Aviation policy shouldn’t be tied to KQ fortunes

A Kenya Airways plane during flight. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The recommendation for the re-nationalisation of Kenya Airways is not necessarily an efficient solution.
  • The refusal to decouple Kenya’s aviation policy from Kenya Airways constrains growth of airports, limits competition and the expansion of travel choices for Kenyan passengers.
  • Information presented to Parliament showed that pilots at Kenya Airways earn twice as much and fly for 35 per cent less time than those at Ethiopian Airlines.

A few weeks ago, I provided a summary of a report drawn by a committee of the National Assembly following hearings on an investment proposal that Kenya Airways presented to the Kenya Airports Authority. As I concluded, the committee rejected the private investment proposal and proposed that Kenya Airways ought to be re-nationalised.

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