3 JKIA ter­mi­nals set for re­vamp next June

Business Daily (Kenya) - - CORPORATE NEWS - Charles Mwaniki cmwaniki@ke.na­tion­media.com

Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work on three more ter­mi­nals at the Jomo Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Air­port ( JKIA) in Nairobi will be­gin by June next near, rais­ing the ca­pac­ity of the air­port by an ad­di­tional five mil­lion pas­sen­gers once com­pete.

Trans­port sec­re­tary James Macharia said on Mon­day that once re­vamped, the air­port will be able to han­dle 12.5 mil­lion pas­sen­gers a year. The Kenya Air­ports Au­thor­ity has al­ready com­pleted the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of ter­mi­nal 1A, which is cur­rently used by the Kenya Airways and its Sky Team Al­liance part­ners.

“The de­tailed de­signs for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nals 1B, 1C and 1D are ex­pected to be com­pleted in the next few months with ac­tual con­struc­tion work com­menc­ing by the end of the fi­nan­cial year,” said Mr Macharia. “The re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is ex­pected to in­crease the ca­pac­ity of the fa­cil­ity by an ad­di­tional five mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year, tak­ing the to­tal air­port ca­pac­ity to 12.5 mil­lion.”

..re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to in­crease the ca­pac­ity of the fa­cil­ity by an ad­di­tional ive mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year.” JAMES MACHARIA | TRANS­PORT SEC­RE­TARY Once re­vamped, the air­port will be able to han­dle 12.5 mil­lion pas­sen­gers

He said the ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity and im­prove­ment of fa­cil­i­ties at the air­port will sup­port the ex­pected growth of traf­fic at the fa­cil­ity with the launch of di­rect flights to the US, which should be­gin by June next year.

He added that the gov­ern­ment is in talks with the African De­vel­op­ment Bank (AFDB) for fi­nanc­ing to con­struct a sec­ond run­way at JKIA. Ca­pac­ity on the ex­ist­ing one is al­most at 90 per cent, which causes delays and flight can­cel­la­tions when­ever there are plane mishaps on the run­way.

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