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First flight from new Jomo Kenyatta International airport terminal
The first ever commercial flight took off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s brand new Terminal 1A, and it was national airline Kenya Airways which was given the honour to be the first.
The morning flight KQ 762 to Johannesburg was checked in from the new terminal and passengers were able to experience the new glass, steel and marble building from the inside, and the first, after the “trial passengers” to enjoy the vast spaces which will mark the end of overcrowding at the present international concourse. The new terminal has a single point security check, also a marked improvement over the multiple checks in the old facility and notably offers passengers flying First and Business Class a dedicated access point into the terminal and of course with a number of dedicated check-in terminals. Kenya Airways offers a state-of-the-art lounge for their premium passengers and, when fully operational, economy class passengers will also be able to enjoy much-improved boarding gate spaces, duty free shopping, and a range of restaurants from where to pass time until the flight is called.
Kenya Airways will operate up to four flights from the new terminal until all potential bottlenecks have been identified and ironed out before sometime in August when full operations will commence and Kenya Airways’ partner airlines and other carriers progressively move to the new Terminal 1A, making way for the start of refurbishing the former Units 1 and 2, now named Terminal 1B and Terminal 1C.