Kenya’s airport officials are set to ease passenger congestion through additional capacity at the country’s main airport with the launch of new prefabricated terminal in Nairobi on Friday. Kenya Airports
Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), Yatich Kangugo, said on Thursday that President Uhuru Kenyatta will commission Terminal 2 which was constructed by a Chinese firm in efforts towards expansion and modernization of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
“The launch and coming to stream of this new Terminal 2 will significantly ease congestion at JKIA and deliver a better experience to passengers travelling through the airport,” Kangugo said in Nairobi ahead of the launch.
He said the additional capacity will also enhance JKIA’s capacity to effectively play its role as the gateway into the region.
Kangugo said the state-of-the-art prefabricated terminal has capacity to handle 2.5 million passengers annually.
The terminal’s additional capacity brings JKIA’s capacity to 7. 5 million passengers annually, compared to the estimated 6.5 million passengers who go through the airport annually.
Terminal 2 that sits on 10,000 square meters has been installed, fitted and is already in use. Fly 540, Sax, Jubba and African Air Express are some of the airlines that have been operating from the new station.
The terminal was procured, shipped and installed at a cost of 180 million U.S. dollars. It will cater for both international arrivals and departures.
Besides Terminal 2, as part of the expansion and modernization of JKIA, KAA is also in the process of constructing Terminal 3, with an annual handling capacity of 20 million passengers.
Its first phase is expected to be complete by 2018. Terminal 1A that is dedicated to the exclusive use of national carrier Kenya Airways and its partners began operations last year.
The expansion and modernization of JKIA has been designated as a flagship project in Vision 2030, Kenya’s long term economic development blueprint. Enditem