Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has been ranked the second-fastest growing cargo airport in the world, report shows.
The report by Airports Council International (ACI) highlights top airports for passengers, cargo and aircraft movements and showcases the world’s fastest-growing ones for 2018.
The report ranked JKIA at position two in the “Fastest Growing Airports” handling over 250,000 metric tons of air cargo.
According to the report, JKIA handled over 342,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2018, which was a 25 per cent growth from what was reported in the year 2017.
JKIA has recently seen significant growth in air cargo traffic to and from Europe, Asia, America and mostly China and Australia.
This is what has led the airport to be an emerging force and destination in the air cargo industry.
Additionally, JKIA has seen the entry of several modern transit sheds which has led to an increase in its annual overall cargo to 1.2 million tons.
Michael Cotts, a leading cargo and logistics company is currently constructing its new shed at JKIA.
Once complete, the new development is expected to inject an additional annual capacity of 150,000 metric tons at the airport.
Astral aviation, a cargo airline operating from JKIA, last year, acquired three Boeing 747-400 cargo aircraft to boost its freight capacity and expand its network.