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KAA to auction 101 planes linked to state agencies, tycoons over accrued parking fees

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) on Friday, August 14 announced plans to auction 101 planes across different airports across the country over accrued parking fees.

In a Gazetted notice, KAA gave the owners of the planes 30 days to claim them or have them auctioned.

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KAA acting managing director Alex Gitari noted that proceeds of the sale shall be used to recover accumulated parking fees.

“The said aircraft will be sold by public auction and the proceeds of the sale shall be defrayed against any incurred charges and the balance, if any, shall remain at the owners’ credit but should there be a shortfall, the owner shall be liable thereof,” said Gitari.

According to KAA, the planes include those used by business tycoons and politicians for short flights.

They also include commercial aircraft owned by companies such as 748 Air Services, Silverstone, Jetlink and Fly540.

Others belong to State agencies like the Kenya Police, Moi University and Somalia Airforce.

The abandoned planes incude 17 found at JKIA, 64 at Wilson Airport, and others at Mombasa’s Moi International Airport and Lokichoggio airstrip.

Among planes abandoned at the JKIA include a KSh 2 billion Bombardier plane belonging to Jetlink, two Soviet-built passenger planes owned by Somali Airforce and two old Boeing plane registered under Jubba Airways.

In Wilson Airport five abandoned planes were linked to the Kenya Police Airwing, Fly540, Skylink, Silverstone and Moi University.

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According to reports, large aircrafts are subject to KSh 2,707 daily parking fees at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport while small planes are charged KSh 1,625.

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