14 Jun 2024

Major upgrade planned for Nairobi's International Airport


The Kenyan cabinet has approved the JKIA Medium-Term Investment Plan, paving the way for a comprehensive overhaul of the aging Jomo Kenyatta International Airport infrastructure. The plan aims to bring JKIA's passenger terminal, runway, taxiway, apron and airside facilities up to global aviation standards.

Long plagued by issues like leaking roofs and inadequate drainage, JKIA has faced extensive criticism over its dilapidated state. A viral video recently highlighted a leaking roof halting service at Terminal 1C. 

Under the new plans, a state-of-the-art terminal capable of handling 20 million passengers annually will be constructed, with work set to commence later this year for completion by 2025/26. Terminal 1E will also undergo refurbishment.

The upgrades are part of a new National Aviation Policy approved by cabinet, geared towards enhancing Kenya's connectivity, growing the aviation sector and boosting economic development through modern aviation infrastructure to meet rising travel demands.

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Source: Star