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JKIA’s newest terminal opens, but only partially …

After almost 4 years of construction, JKIA’s newest terminal building opens its doors to passengers today. Terminal 1A, previously known as Terminal 4, will however not be fully operational as some work will continue well into 2015.

A photo published by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) shows a section of Terminal 1A at Nairobi's JKIA.

A photo published by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) shows a section of Terminal 1A at Nairobi’s JKIA.

Construction of Terminal 1A began in September 2010 and was to have been completed in June 2012 at a cost of US$72.3 million (Kshs6.3 billion). The project has however suffered delays. Last February, the official opening of the new terminal was postponed again. Recently, the Kenya Airports Authority hinted that parts of Terminal 1A will not be ready for a while.

JKIA currently handles 6.5 million passengers a year. Once Terminal 1A is fully operational, JKIA’s capacity will rise to 9 million passengers a year.

In the meantime, a German contractor is putting up pre-fabricated structures that will be used as a temporary terminal. The temporary terminal will be known as Terminal 2 and will have a capacity of 2.5 million passengers a year.

The biggest part of JKIA expansion is the Greenfield Terminal whose construction began in December 2013. A highlight of the Greenfield Terminal is the addition of a second runway at JKIA. Greenfield will be completed in 2017 and will have a capacity of 20 million passengers a year.

There are plans to conduct major renovation work on existing facilities at JKIA once Terminals 1A and 2 are fully operational. Facilities to be renovated at that stage are Terminals 1B, 1C and 1D which were previously known as Units 1, 2 and 3.

The expansion and upgrading of JKIA is one of the flagship projects under Vision 2030, a strategic plan that aims to transform Kenya into a middle-income economy by the year 2030.

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