Lufthansa is eyeing the Kenyan market and they are investing more in the country. Earlier this year they launched the Jambo Cargo airline to Nairobi.
Deutsche Lufthansa’s catering subsidiary, LSG Sky Chefs, together with a consortium of local investors has secured a 25-year deal to build Kenya’s second inflight catering company at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at an estimated cost of Sh435 million.
The consortium which comprised of local businessmen Matu Wamae and Ndung’u Gathinji, who got the tender via their investment vehicle called Apatana Investments.
The move seeks to end the monopoly enjoyed by NAS Servair which has been providing catering services since 1949, serving all major airlines operating at JKIA and Moi International Airport, Mombasa.
Lucy Mbugua, the KAA managing director, says the deal will offer airlines a choice when securing catering services and also introduce competition translating into improved quality of service.
Mr Wamae,75, is an influential businessman and former Mathira MP, with interests in the Mount Kenya Coca-Cola factory, Olympia Capital and other firms. The Ngong Hills Hotel is his main investment in the hospitality industry.
Mr Gathinji is a lawyer whose firm, Drummond Investment Bank, is billed as the oldest member of the Nairobi bourse. He has served in several boards, including chairing the Nairobi Securities Exchange, Ernst & Young East Africa and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.
Courtesy: Business Daily