Temporary ‘Prefab’ Terminal Opens At Nairobi’s Main Airport

The Kenya Airports Authority has confirmed the completion a new passenger terminal at Nairobi’s main airport, growing capacity by 2.5 million annually.

Kenya Airports Authority

The prefabricated terminal, which will be in use for five to seven years as a new Sh55 billion terminal is set up, will serve both international and domestic flights at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

According to suspended KAA Managing Director Lucy Mbugua, the use of the new terminal will help ease Terminal 1D (formerly Unit 3), which will be closed temporarily for renovations and building of new lounges on the top floor.

“The work will take four to five months before some airlines are allowed back in,” said Ms Mbugua. She said the temporary terminal will allow JKIA to handle rapidly growing passenger traffic until a 20 million passenger capacity terminal is completed in 2018.

The new no-frills terminal occupies 10,000 square meters and has VIP lounges, duty-free shops, restaurants and is expected to handle about 7,000 people per day. Built for quick turnaround times, it has attracted interest from small regional airlines.

It has 24 check-in counters that will serve passengers who will be separated into different waiting lounges after security screening.

The facility has six boarding gates — two for domestic and two for international flights — leaving two more gates that are designated as ‘swing gates’ to be used during peak traffic hours.

It can handle up to nine flights an hour and comes with five parking bays.

Boarding and arriving passengers will use buses to and from the airplanes to maximize use of limited airfield capacity.

It also comes with an upgraded, three-stage baggage screening system similar to what has been installed in the new Terminal 1A, which can screen 1,200 bags an hour.

– Business Daily