May 16, 2016: Siginon Aviation opens new air cargo terminal adjacent to the apron at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi. The construction of the USD 10 million facility was in direct response to customer demands for a safe, secure and optimally operating air cargo terminal on the airside of JKIA.
This further strengthens Kenya’s position as East Africa’s business hub. This unique facility boasts of having the longest access to the airside as well as offers the unique proximity to the passenger terminal. This therefore provides ease in handling cargo loaded in a freighter or passenger aircraft. This new terminal is Siginon’s second facility in addition to a similar terminal at the Eldoret International Airport.
Jared Oswago, divisional manager, Siginon Aviation, asserts, “The design and structure of this terminal has been guided by global standards of optimal cargo handling underlined with a focus on safety, security and efficiency as the key principles.”
Some of the features of the new 5000 square metre air cargo terminal include a general cargo warehouse with an annual throughput of 60,000 tonnes, specialised storage areas for dangerous goods (DGR), temperature sensitive and oversized cargo, 2000 square metre of basement parking for transit vehicles as well as office space to cater for customer service, banking halls, customs authorities and airline offices.
The Siginon Aviation terminal includes a perishables centre with 2000 square metre of cold room floor space with storage space for 100 units to palletised cargo. The perishables centre seeks to meet the growing need for efficient cold chain facilities to handle the highly perishable and much sought after Kenyan stems. The centre is structured to ensure the flowers are moved from the farms to its consignee in perfect condition. In addition, the storage area will be at 2 degrees with a pallet building area at 10 degrees. Trucks will also have off loading dock levellers within a temperature controlled area with elevated work stations.
Jared, concludes, “Our move to the airside of JKIA is a testament that we have heard our customers’ needs and aligned our products and services to deliver accordingly to these demands”.
JKIA has five cargo facilities with a capacity to handle 200,000 tonnes of cargo annually, and an animal holding facility which occupies 4,318.95 feet.
Currently, Siginon Aviation serves leading global cargo airlines such as Cargolux, Singapore Air, Safari Express for over a decade.