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President Uhuru Kenyatta observes Terminal 4 of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport | Coastweek

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [centre] observes Terminal 4 of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is under construction, in Nairobi. President Kenyatta attends the launch of the construction of the new airport teminal of JKIA, which is expected to bring in 50 million passengers a year. XINHUA PHOTO

 

President Kenyatta at launch ceremony for Nairobi airport terminal

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta gave speech at the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of the ultra-modern terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Tuesday, hoping the new terminal could transform the airport into a regional aviation hub.

The president said the project will transform travelling through JKIA to a pleasurable experience, adding that the airport design has incorporated facilities for leisure such as spas, business and tranquillity.

The 178,000-square-meter terminal, with an estimated cost of 645 million U.S. dollars, will give JKIA an extra handling capacity of 20 million passengers annually while boosting the airport’s status as a regional hub of international standard.

The project is expected to be completed in 2017 and will comprise 50 international check-in counters, eight air bridges for aircraft to dock, 45 aircraft parking stands on the linked apron space and an additional runway.

The project, the single largest ultra-modern facility in Africa, will be undertaken by two Chinese companies, Anhui Construction Engineering Group (ACEG) and China Aero-Technology International Engineering Corporation (CATIC).

Apart from increased passenger capacity, the new facility will boost cargo handling capacity to cement Kenya’s position as the leading airport in terms of cargo throughput in Africa.

President Kenyatta said the road and rail infrastructure around the airport will also be improved to offer inexpensive, frequent and convenient means of transport to and from the airport.

Speaking during the occasion, Deputy President William Ruto termed the project as significant, historical and timely as it will reinforce Kenya’s position as a regional economic hub.

"We will continue to invest in the expansion of the necessary infrastructure because it is the platform for economic development and the well-being of our people," Ruto said, noting that plans are underway to modernize rail transport within Nairobi to ease traffic jam.

Kenyatta also said his government will invest in security systems available to improve aviation safety, reliability and ensure more efficient air transport.

The new terminal will be independent from the existing airport built in 1978, whose design capacity was 2.5 million, but is handling 6.2 million passengers yearly according to 2010 statistics.
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Chinese firms set to build 20 million passenger terminal in Kenya

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Two Chinese construction companies are set to construct a 20 million passenger terminal in Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.

The 178,000 square meters terminal, which is expected to cost about 645 million U.S. dollars, will give JKIA an extra handling capacity of 20 million passengers annually, boosting the airport’s status as a regional hub of international standard.

"On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, President Uhuru Kenyatta will preside over the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the 20 million passenger terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport," read a media invitation of the project.

The project will be undertaken by Anhui Civil Engineering Group (ACEG) and China Aero-Technology Engineering International Engineering Corporation (CATIC).

In October, CATIC completed the remodeling of the country’s biggest airport terminal in a space of three weeks after the fire gutted down the arrival section on Aug. 7.

The Chinese contractor managed to remodel the airport’s garage area into a temporary arrival terminal at a cost of 1 million dollars without charging the government.

The temporary terminal currently being used has greatly improved operations at the airport.

The project is projected to be completed in 2017 and will comprise 50 international check-in counters, eight air bridges for aircraft to dock, 45 aircraft parking stands on the linked apron space and an additional runway.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Michael Kamau has instructed Kenya Airports Authority to ensure that the project is completed within four years, terming it "a matter of national urgency."

JKIA currently handles 6.5 million passengers annually, but the figure is expected to rise to 9 million passengers once JKIA Unit 4 (the fourth unit of Terminal 1) is completed in August or early September.

The new terminal will be de-linked from the existing airport, whose design capacity was 2.5 million passengers in 1978, is constrained to handling 6.2 million passengers as per 2010 statistics.

JKIA, whose infrastructure expansion started in 2006, serves most countries in the region, particularly passengers heading to major capitals in Asia, Europe and America.
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Kenya Airways moves some regional flights back to Nairobi airport

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya Airways announced Monday it has moved some of its regional flights back to Unit 1 of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi following a fire that gutted down the airport in August.

The airline said its flight KQ 410-EBB, KQ 482-DAR, KQ 760-JNB and KQ 762-JNB departing to Entebbe, Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg respectively have been operating from Unit 1 since Nov. 14.

They had been relocated to Unit 2 following a dawn fire that destroyed a section of the airport two months ago.

"This directive is an attempt to improve the quality of services and facilities for passengers.

"Changes in check-in counters for these flights are aimed at helping us to better serve our customers by ensuring greater convenience and comfort," the airline’s Chief Operating Officer, Mbuvi Ngunze, said.

In August, fire broke out at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is the largest airport in the eastern and central Africa and expressed satisfaction that operations at the airport have resumed to levels prior to the fire incident, a month ago.

The Chinese contractor managed to remodel the airport’s garage area into a temporary arrival terminal at a cost of 1 million dollars without charging the government.

The temporary terminal currently being used has greatly improved operations at the airport.

Ngunze said the relocation of the airlines’ operations and changes in the check-in counters for the four flights were expected to balance the distribution of passengers at unit 1 and 2 to ensure good coordination and optimization of its resources Mbuvi added.

Currently Unit two handles all the international departures with Unit 3 handling the domestic departures and arrivals.

All international arrivals are at the JKIA Parking Garage, which has been converted into a temporary arrival terminal.
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Kenya Airways ups frequencies in Africa to meet festive season demand

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya Airways said Friday it has increased its frequencies across Africa by 23 percent in order to cater for huge demand on 11 destinations during the festive season starting in December.

Kenya Airways’ Chief Operating Officer Mbuvi Ngunze said the increased destinations will take place in Kenya, Tanzania, Liberia, Botswana, South Sudan, Ghana, Madagascar and the Seychelles

"We are committed to consistently deliver world class experience, which includes availability of capacity throughout the year.

"This is the reason we are boosting our frequencies on these routes so that our guests can travel whenever they want to," Ngunze said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

The optimized schedule comes as the airline moves to increase frequencies on existing routes to meet changing and growing demand while opening new routes in Africa.

Capacity optimization is a mechanism geared to ensure an airline meets shifting demand levels within, while keeping operating costs in control.

This happens where factors such as changing economic activities and travel patterns affect demand on certain routes leading to lower cabin yields.

Nunze said the national carrier will up its flights to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania from the current five times to seven times weekly; and to Juba in South Sudan from the current 12 every week, to 19 times.

He said frequencies to Gaborone in Botswana, will go up to five times a week, from the current three times while flights to Antananarivo in Madagascar will rise from four to times weekly, and to Seychelles four times a week from the current three times.

"The airline will also begin flying a wide body Boeing 767 aircraft to Accra in Ghana either through Freetown four times weekly or through Monrovia three times a week," he said.

Kenya Airways also announced that the frequency of flights to Paris, France has also been increased to six times every week, up from the current five times.

Locally, the airline said it will flying frequently to Malindi, to which it will fly seven times every week, up from the current six times; and the coastal city of Mombasa where tourists will be flocking to for the annual season, to which it will fly 88 times, which is 11 frequencies more than it does currently.

The airline has embarked on an aggressive network expansion program to cater for the growing passenger traffic and customer needs.

Kenya Airways serves over three million passengers a year and flies to more than 50 destinations worldwide, over 40 of them in Africa.

Meanwhile, Kenya Airways said it will start announced the fog schedule for flights between its Nairobi and Delhi, India.

"Under this schedule, Kenya Airways will fly four times to Delhi – on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

"On these days, it will depart from Nairobi at 0220 hours local time to arrive in Delhi at 1220 hours local time," Ngunze said.

"The return flight will leave Delhi at 1405 hours local time to arrive in Nairobi at 1855 hours local time."

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