France to Fund Security Equipment Installation at JKIA

15 February 2010 (Last Updated February 15th, 2010 18:30)

France will help Kenya with a KSh9.8bn (US$121m) fund for the installation of key security and other operational equipment for the nation's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). According to businessdailyafrica, JKIA is currently undergoing an expansion and modernisation programme

France will help Kenya with a KSh9.8bn (US$121m) fund for the installation of key security and other operational equipment for the nation's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

According to businessdailyafrica, JKIA is currently undergoing an expansion and modernisation programme to handle larger fleets and comply with preferred international safety standards.

France's foreign secretary in-charge of trade, Anne Marie IDRAC said the funding will be channelled through Agence Francaise Development (AFD), the French government's development assistance arm.

Aeroports de Paris will perform the equipment upgrade and installation work.

As part of the first phase of the project, JKIA will increase its aircraft parking space and add two taxiways at a cost of KSh3bn (US$37m).

Under the second phase, JKIA will add a new terminal and construct a three-storey car park to accommodate 1,500 cars at a cost of KSh4bn (US$49m).

The third phase of the project will involve the expansion and renovation of current terminals at an estimated cost of KSh7bn (US$95m).