Nairobis Jomo Kenyatta international airport (JKIA) is to get an overhaul as part of a major upgrading of the countrys airport facilities, Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has said. Over the next two years the existing terminal building is to be expanded from its current 25,662 sqm to 55,222 sqm and remodelled in accordance with new international security standards. The airport expansion is part of a five-year strategic plan unveiled by KAA in mid-March. Other projects include the rehabilitation of the countrys over 30 airstrips, the installation of new fire equipment at all airports and improvements to access at Moi international airport in Mombasa.
Built to accommodate 2.5 million people per year, following the recent growth in tourism in Kenya passenger figures at JKIA are now in excess of 4 million. The expanded airport should have a capacity of 9 million people per year, reinforcing its position as the principal air hub for the central and east African region.