Jomo Kenyatta International AirportJKIA
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the main international airport in Kenya. It handles millions of passengers annually.
Kenya’s Major International Airport
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is the country’s major international airport. It is located in Embakasi, Nairobi, just 15km away from the central business district. Its proximity to the city eases transfer of passengers from the airport to other destinations in the city and beyond, as well as getting travellers to the airport in time for their flights. It is just minutes away from most luxurious hotels, museums and other important destinations such as Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).
JKIA handles millions of passengers every year. In 2011, over 5 million passengers used this airport. In fact, it is one of the busiest in the region, ranking ninth in Africa and first in East Africa. Currently, about 19,000 passengers pass through this airport daily.
The airlines using this aviation facility include Kenya Airways, KLM, Fly540, British Airways, Air Arabia, Qatar Airways and Ethiopian Airlines. There are direct flights connecting passengers to major destinations such as Europe, Africa, the Far East and the Middle East.
Some of these destinations are Dubai, London-Heathrow, Brussels, Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Maputo, Frankfurt, Istanbul and Johannesburg. Cargo airlines include Air France Cargo, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Saudia Cargo, Qatar Airways Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and EgyptAir Cargo.
This airport houses the headquarters of Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Kenya Airports Authority and African Express Airways.
Opened in 1958, as Embakasi Airport, JKIA was later renamed Nairobi International Airport, after the country’s independence from British rule. After the death of the first president of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, the airport was renamed in his honour.
In 2013, operations at the airport shut down after a fire razed down a signification section of the immigration zone. Traffic was diverted to other airports in the country until operations were moved to the domestic flights zone. Nevertheless, it resumed full operations. Expansions plans will see a new terminal, Greenfield Terminal handle about 20 million passengers annually.