Kenyan airspace, major Nairobi roads to be closed for hours for Obama’s arrival, departure

Published on : Friday, July 24, 2015

Kenyan airspaceKenyan airspace will be closed for hours during the arrival and departure of United States President Barack Obama on Friday and Sunday while major roads in Nairobi will be closed during the time he is in the Kenyan capital.

According to a statement from national carrier Kenya Airways in Nairobi Wednesday, the airspace will be closed from 7.45 pm to 8.35 pm on Friday and between 5.05 pm and 5.45 pm on Sunday.

The US President is expected to arrive in Nairobi Friday anytime between 7.45 and 8.35 pm if the latest dispatch by Kenya Airways on the disruption to its flight schedule is anything to go by.

According to the carrier, Kenyan airspace will be closed to facilitate the landing of Air Force One carrying President Obama. This will see most of the arrival flights delayed for more than an hour with seven flights being affected on Friday.

Only three departure flights will be affected, with one of them making an early departure of 15 minutes ahead of its earlier schedule.

On Sunday, two arrival flights will be delayed for about 20 minutes while one departure flight will be affected by the adjusted timetable.

Kenya Airways advised all those on scheduled flights on the two days to plan their journeys in advance.

Early Wednesday, the traffic department announced a major traffic disruption expected to hit Nairobi and its environs this Friday with the partial closure of some key roads during the visit.

Police warned that Mombasa Road from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Uhuru Highway all the way to Waiyaki Way will be closed from 2pm on Friday. Thika Superhighway, Limuru Road and other feeder roads will be closed on Saturday in an arrangement that will also see the deployment of 10,000 security personnel within Nairobi.

Five major roads will be temporarily closed between Friday and Sunday during President Obama’s visit.

Nairobi Traffic Police Commandant Edward Mwamburi said other roads that lead into certain sections of the central business district (CBD) heading to Haile Selassie, Moi Avenue roundabout would also be affected down to Landhies Road.

On Saturday, Limuru Road and the larger Waiyaki Way will remain closed for the better part of the day when the US President will be expected at the United Nations complex here the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

On Sunday, Limuru Road and the Thika Superhighway will remain closed from morning hours when the U.S. president addresses the nation at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in Kasarani before visiting Kenyatta University.

Uhuru Highway and Mombasa Road will also be closed for several hours on Sunday when Obama is expected to jet out of the country for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Feeder roads will feel the effect of the traffic spill-over from these main city roads. “If you are a motorist and you have no issues within the CBD, then take advantage of the Southern by-pass if you are coming from the Western side,” Mwamburi advised.

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