In the wake of the low demand for passengers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kenya Airways (KQ) has introduced month-long courses to aspiring drone pilots as a means to diversify its revenue stream.
Just months after the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) legalised the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the country, many firms have looked at entering this newfound market.
Through its Fahari subsidiary, KQ has now introduced a training course for people interested in operating drones but do not have licences, which is a prerequisite by the civil aviation agency.
“We have an introductory price of Sh180,000 for a Remote Pilot License (RPL) training course. The raining will take four weeks and will comprise theory and practical sessions,”said Evans Kihara, the Kenya Airways Technical Director.
At the moment, passengers contribute over 85 per cent of the airline’s revenue with cargo accounting for about 10 per cent, this new look into Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is seemingly just the beginning of KQ’s venture into new areas of investment.
Source: Business Daily