Thursday, April 25, 2013

■ KENYA: Siginon Aviation's new $10million cargo facility at Nairobi JKIA on track for September opening.

Siginon Aviation logoSiginon Aviation says its planned USD10million new cargo facility at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is on track for a tentative September 2013 launch. The facility will become JKIA's sixth and will add to its current processing capacity of 200'000 tonnes of cargo annually.

The new air cargo terminal will include a general cargo warehouse with an annual throughput of 60'000 tonnes, specialized storage areas for dangerous goods, temperature sensitive and oversized cargo, 2'000 square meter of basement parking for transit vehicles as well as office space to cater for customer service, banking halls, revenue authorities and airline offices.

Siginon Aviation's new Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Intl Airport Cargo Facility
Siginon Aviation's new Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Intl Airport Cargo Facility
With Kenya being one of Africa's leading flower exporters with its key markets in Europe, so demand for cold chain facilities has soared with particular attention being paid to the handling of the highly perishable stems from the flower farms so as to deliver them to its consignee in perfect condition. The Siginon Aviation terminal includes a perishables centre with 5000sqm of cold room floor space with storage space for 100 units to palletised cargo. 
Moses Wahome, the Siginon Aviation Project Manager asserts, “The design and structure of this terminal has been guided by global standards of optimal cargo handling underlined by focusing on safety, security and efficiency as the key principles.
In addition, the storage area will be kept at 2°C with a pallet building area at 10°C. Trucks will also have off loading dock levellers within a temperature controlled area with elevated work stations.

The new cargo facility will compete with the Transglobal Cargo Centre which services Emirates SkyCargo and Nairobi-based Astral Aviation.