Security measures heightened at JKIA ahead of launch of direct flights to united states-Government

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,10TH MAY 2018-The government  continues to  adopt improved  security measures  at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as the country gears up for a roll-out of direct flights to the United States in October.Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi says the government was determined to ensure  the airport was safe for all visitors visiting the country.

The  CS says entire security system has been overhauled and more strict measures adopted in a bid to seal any loopholes.

Addressing the press  when he assessed  security  measures at the facility on Wednesday morning  the CS says anyone who is not supposed to be at the airport has been removed, while a section of the airport land that had been encroached has been recovered.

Matiangi also  cautioned all operators at the airport, like taxi firms to adhere to the new regulations set, saying there will be no compromise in ensuring Kenyans and those visiting the country are safe.

“To all service providers, the operators of taxis and those who want to do business at this airport; we love them very much and we want their business to succeed, but there is one thing they must understand, we will not compromise on the order and security of this airport,” he asserted.

“We will be firm and we will take the decisions that we must take and everyone must obey and live within the framework of order that has been established by the management of this airport.”

CS Transport James Macharia and his Tourism counterpart Najib Balala were present during the security assessment tour.

They say the government is keen to improve services at JKIA after the facility was granted Category One status allowing direct flights to and from the US.

“There have been major improvements especially as we target the direct flights in October this year,” he said.

On his part  CS Macharia said only one is remaining to be addressed, to do with baggage handling at Terminus 2 out of  all the 10 outstanding issues.

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