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Moi International Airport Named Best African Airport

Moi International Airport
Written by Teresa Mwangi

The Airports Council International (ACI) has named Moi International Airport (MIA) in Mombasa, Kenya the best airport in Africa.

MIA ranked the best airport in size and region under two million passengers per year in Africa category for 2022. ACI noted that MIA stood out in its flawless customer service.

ACI World Director General, Mr. Luis Felipe de Oliveir in a statement noted that Moi International Airport outdid itself in customer service.

“The recognition of MIA’s excellence in customer service comes after a challenging period for the aviation industry, marked by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Oliveir stated. He remarked that the ACI award to MIA was based on ACI’s renowned Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Survey.

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Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya. Photo/CIO Africa

How Airports Council International Determines Best Airport in Africa

It reviews passenger customer service experience across 300 airports in the world. For MIA, it remained steadfast in its quest to offer customer satisfaction by providing the best services to passengers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The AVI director implored that the Mombasa-based Kenyan international airport demonstrated huge competency.

“I congratulate the whole team at Moi International Airport on their success in the Airport Service Quality Awards,” Olivier remarked.

Airport staff is the driving force behind the ACI awards which passengers give their take on based on their service delivery.

Kenya Airports Authority Speaks After ACI Award

Alex Gitari, the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Managing Director expressed gratitude in winning the award.

He reiterated that KAA is continuously working to provide better customer experience despite aviation challenges dogging the sector. The ACI Award to Moi International Airport with under two million passengers as the best in Africa, is just a reminder that Kenya is on the right track.

“This Award encourages us to continue improving on our customer service offering and we sincerely thank our customers for their valuable feedback,” Gitari stated.

Airport Service Quality is the premier benchmarking and measuring programme for airport customer experience with nearly 400 member airports in 95 countries.

Where Is Moi International Airport Found?

Moi International Airport is in Mombasa Kenya, and is the country’s second-largest international airport. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is the biggest airport in Kenya, housing the Kenyan national carrier, Kenya Airways.

In 2020, the Airports Council International named MIA the Best Airport in Africa with under two million passengers annually.  It was named after Kenya’s second president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi. The airport has two terminals; Terminal 1 for international flights and Terminal 2 for domestic flights.

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Mombasa International Airport. Photo/Twitter/Mombasa County

Is Moi An International Airport?

As the name suggests, it’s an international airport built in 1945 during World War II courtesy South Africana Army Engineer Corps.  The intent of its construction was to use it as a landing base for Fleet Air Arm of the British Eastern Fleet near the Kilindini Harbour.

At the time when British Royal Air Force operated along the East African coast, the airport was known as Port Reitz Airport. An expansion plan in 1979 gave it the impetus it always sought for after rebranding to Moi International Airport.

From August 18, 1992 to December 2 1992, MIA served as the regional command and control headquarters for the US Central Command for Operation Deliver Relief. Today, international travelers from Europe looking at the holiday destinations in Kenya’s coast have Moi International Airport as their arrival airport.

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About the author

Teresa Mwangi

Teresa is a journalist with years of experience in creating web content. She is a wanderlust at heart, loves travelling and telling stories about tour and travel in Africa by every angle.

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