Kenya stops construction of new terminal at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport

Published on : Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Kenyatta AirportFollowing various feasibility studies, the Kenyan government has officially terminated the construction of a 55-billion shillings (about 540 million US dollars) new terminal at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

The studies found that the new terminal would be economically not viable in the face of dwindling revenue at the airport, The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) said in Nairobi Tuesday.

A statement from the authority said that after conducting various studies the facility had proven to be economically unsustainable because of a lack of funds and the ongoing reorganization of JKIA, which had boosted passenger numbers at the airport.

Kenya had planned to construct the new terminal in an effort to retain Nairobi’s position as the main aviation hub for the East Africa sub-region. Spanning some 178,000 square metres, the facility was touted to be able to help Nairobi ward off competition from other airports in Africa.

The KAA said once the ongoing refurbishment of the airport’s existing Terminal 1B, C and D were completed, the capacity of the airport would increase from the current 7.5 million passengers to 10.5 million annually.


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