Nairobi airport to be expanded via PPP model

Published on : Friday, November 25, 2016

nairobi-airportThe Kenyan government has decided to use the public-private partnership (PPP) model to expand Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), says Principal Secretary (Assistant Minister) for Transport Irungu Nyakera.

 

Speaking at the 6th Africa Aviation Law Conference in Nairobi Thursday (Nov 24), he said that the expansion will be carried out in phases and will allow the airport to handle its projected nine per cent annual growth in traffic.

 

The Kenya government terminated the greenfield terminal project at the JKIA in March this year. This dealt a blow to the aviation industry given that upon its completion, the 55 billion shilling (about 541 million US dollar) project would have increased capacity at JKIA to 20 million passengers annually.

 

In abandoning the expansion project, the government had explained that the ongoing expansion of JKIA would support 9.0 per cent annual capacity growth and would elevate JKIA to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Category1 status.

 

Nyakera also disclosed that Kenya is keen to fast-track the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Declaration which seeks to liberalize the aviation industry in Africa.

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