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Cargo and domestic flights to resume today at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

The massive fire that resulted in the total closure of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has been extinguished. It will clearly be quite some time before the international arrivals terminal is ready for use. In the meantime, the Kenyan government has announced the resumption of cargo and domestic flights from this afternoon.

Inside view of damaged buildings at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after the fire was extinguished. Photo by the Kenya Red Cross (@KenyaRedCross).

Inside view of damaged buildings at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, after today’s fire was extinguished. Photo by the Kenya Red Cross (@KenyaRedCross).

“We expect cargo and domestic services to resume from this airport this afternoon. They will operate from the Cargo terminal,” said Manoah Esipisu, spokesman for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

No timetable has been provided for the resumption of international flights, but the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has approved the use of Terminal 3 for international departures and arrivals, says the presidential spokesman. Terminal 3, which is used for domestic flights, seems to have been unaffected by today’s fire.

President Kenyatta, who visited the airport this morning to inspect the damage, has provided assurances that everything will be done to resume normal operations at the airport.

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