- KAA has invited interested bidders for planes that have been on their yards longer at Jomo Kenyatta, Moi, Wilson and Lokichoggio airports.
- Some of the entities whose planes are unrecovered at airports are Somali Air Force, Jetlink, Skyward, Eagle Aviation, Prestige Aviation, Fly540, Pan Africa Airways and Planes for Africa.
- Abandoned planes have crowded airports, disrupting other activities and posing a security threat.
The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has announced that it will auction 73 unwanted aircraft not collected at its four main airports as scrap metal for prices as low as 5,000 Sh.
In an announcement, KAA invited interested bidders for planes that have stayed longer in their yards at Jomo Kenyatta, Moi, Wilson and Lokichoggio airports.
Only nine of the 73 junk planes, which will be used primarily as junk, will be auctioned for over 1 million shillings. The most expensive plane will be sold for 25 million shillings.
Some of the entities whose planes are unrecovered at airports are Somali Air Force, Jetlink, Skyward, Eagle Aviation, Prestige Aviation, Fly540, Pan Africa Airways and Planes for Africa.
KAA said parking fees are piling up and companies are not paying.
Abandoned planes have also congested airports, disrupting other activities and posing a security threat.
Interested bidders can view the planes November 4-16 during normal working hours. Aircraft auctions at Nairobi airports (Jomo Kenyatta International and Wilson) will take place on November 17th.
At Moi International Airport in Mombasa, the planes will be sold on November 19 and in Lokichoggio on November 22.
“All interested buyers are urged to view the items according to the dates and verify their respective details as these are not guaranteed by the auctioneer or by KAA as the items are offered for sale ‘as is, where they are ‘”, says the notice read.
Bidders will have to pay a deposit of 100,000 Sh per item auctioned. When the price of the offer is lower than the deposit price, the bidder will be reimbursed for the difference on presentation of a receipt.
But when the bid price is more than the deposit, the bidder will have to pay at least 25 percent of the total value.
“The balance of the auctioned item must be paid within 24 hours (or) the price will be forfeited and the deposit forfeited and the item sold to the second highest bidder. The sale will be subject to the reserve price,” indicates the ad.
KAA also requires that all purchased items be paid for and picked up within seven days of the auction date or it will begin charging a storage fee of Sh 10,000 per day until picked up. If the items are not collected within 14 days, they will be confiscated for the benefit of KAA.
This is not the first time that KAA has invited the public to purchase unrecovered items at its airports. The agency held a similar sale in 2019 as part of a cleaning program.
Although the starting auction amount is low, bids often skyrocket due to competition between potential buyers and the highest bidder wins the property.