Kenya to open new terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

14 May 2015 (Last Updated May 14th, 2015 18:30)

Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is inaugurating a new prefabricated terminal to handle an additional 2.5 million passengers annually.

Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is inaugurating a new prefabricated terminal to handle an additional 2.5 million passengers annually.

The new terminal was constructed by a Chinese firm, and aims at easing passenger congestion at the airport.

The 10,000m2 terminal is already being used by Fly 540, Sax, Jubba and African Air Express, among other airlines.

Xinhua quoted Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) acting managing director Yatich Kangugo as saying: "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."

Procured, shipped and installed at a cost of around $180m, the terminal serves both international arrivals and departures, and increases JKIA's capacity to 7.5 million passengers annually.

KAA is also constructing Terminal 3 that will have an estimated handling capacity of 20 million passengers. The first phase of construction is expected to be completed by 2018.

Dubbed as the Greenfield Terminal, it will be the largest terminal in Africa. The cost of the construction of the terminal is estimated to be around $645m.

Upon completion, the terminal will contain 60 check-in positions, 32 air bridges and eight remote gates along with an automated baggage handling commercial retail centre.

The expansion projects are being executed under the airport's flagship project, Vision 2030, which also includes strengthening of the airport's security.