Kenya has made history in the global airport ranking after scoring 91% in an audit conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organization of the United Nations (ICAO).
The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) stated in a statement dated Saturday, July 30, that the 91.77 score was the highest ever recorded in Eastern and Central Africa.
The historic results were attributed to security measures implemented at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and Mombasa’s Moi International Airport.
The two airports were audited in accordance with the UN agency’s Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP).
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, for his part, stated that the historic ranking was a testament to the security measures put in place by the government and KCAA.
Furthermore, Macharia stated that Kenya is ranked second in Africa in terms of airport security.
“In 2015. There were 32 findings from 300 protocol questions, all of which were made at JKIA. In comparison, the scope of the May 2022 audit was expanded to 493 protocol questions and included visits to both JKIA and Moi International Airport in Mombasa. In 2022, the number of discoveries has dropped to only 15 discoveries.
“With the current ICAO audit results, Kenya is now ranked second in Africa and has already attained and even exceeded the ICAO target of achieving a Sustainability Indicator Score of 90 percent by the year 2030,” he said.
The ICAO created the Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP) to assist countries around the world in improving airport security through various guidelines.
Among the issues that GASeP seeks to address are airport cyber security and terrorist acts.
“The GASeP’s goals include improving technical assistance and strengthening regional coordination, as well as developing the Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) strategy,” according to the ICAO.