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JKIA Terminal 1A: Lots of work to be done

It is now emerging that Terminal 1A at Nairobi’s JKIA might not be complete when it is officially opened this Friday. Terminal 1A was known as Terminal 4 until yesterday (1 July 2014).

There are indications that there is lots of work to be done before the new terminal is fully operational. The Kenya Airports Authority gave some hints in tweets posted yesterday.

The tweet below shows that Terminal 1A will open only partially this Friday.


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The following tweet confirms that work on Terminal 1A will continue well into 2015.


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JKIA currently handles 6.5 million passengers a year. Once fully complete, Terminal 1A will increase JKIA’s annual capacity by 2.5 million passengers.

The new terminal building was to have been opened early this year after the pace of construction was speeded up following a massive fire at JKIA last August. The terminal did not open at the expected time.

It is believed that President Uhuru Kenyatta was disappointed at the decision to postpone official opening of Terminal 1A. It remains to be seen how the president will react when he arrives to cut the ribbons to a building that is not quite ready.

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