JKIA’s newest terminal building opens its doors to passengers

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

The Kenya Airports Authority has reorganized terminals at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport separating arrival units from departure ones.

Under the new arrangements all the four terminals have been re-named alphabetically from terminal 1A to 1D. The airport has also erected a temporary terminal called terminal 1E.

The regional’s premier airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has been undergoing a major re-organization in order to remain one of Africa’s top airports.

The airport which suffered a major setback last August after the international arrivals was gutted down by fire is set to add a brand new terminal later this month with a capacity to handle 2.5 million customers annually.

The airport is also re-organizing its operations under new guidelines issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization which urges airports around the world to improve customer experience and boost surveillance. Under the new arrangement, all the four terminals have been re-named.

Unit 4 which starts operational procedures today will be called terminal 1A for international departure and arrivals while unit 1 will be known as Terminal 1B to handle International Departures only.

Unit 2 and 3 will henceforth be known as Terminal 1 C for International Departures and Terminal 1D for Domestic travels.

Separating the arrival and departure terminals puts the airport in the fast lane to acquiring approval to start direct flights to the US. The new measures are expected to boost customer experience and boost security at the airport.

Today unit 4 which has been under construction is expected to start trials ready to be officially commissioned later this month by President Uhuru Kenyatta.