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KCAA building own headquarters to comply with ICAO recommendations

Artistic impression of KCAA's new office complex.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) today launched the construction of a new headquarter complex that will enable it comply with recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The complex will have a unique view of aircraft on final approach into JKIA. Construction of the head office complex is financed through a Ksh833 million […]

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Kenya Airways first 787 Dreamliner lands in Nairobi

5Y-KZA, the first Kenya Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner touches down at Nairobi on completion of its delivery flight from the United States. Photo by @kenya_airports.

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for Kenya Airways touched down in Nairobi today after a 16 hour non-stop delivery flight from Everett, USA. The aircraft, registration 5Y-KZA, landed at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 11:29am. The aircraft’s 7,800 nautical mile (14,456 km) delivery flight from the United States took it over Canada, Greenland, the […]

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Kenya Airports to ease JKIA delays with more screening equipment, more police


The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is to install more screening equipment and to ask for more police officers to ease hour-long delays caused by stringent security measures at Kenya’s airports. The tough security checks – where everybody going into the airport is frisked and all vehicles checked for bombs – were put in place this […]


Delays at airports as Kenya enhances security

Click on the image to watch a video by K24 television.

Travellers and airport workers are experiencing delays when entering Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) due to stringent security checks. The measures, introduced at all airports in Kenya, have been put in place following a television exposé that portrayed low levels of security alertness. The enhanced security measures come two weeks after a minor explosion […]


JKIA to up passenger capacity with pre-fabricated terminal

Kenya Airports Authority's Acting Managing Director Lucy Mbugua (right) with officials of Röder HTS Höcker during the contract signing ceremony.

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has signed a contract with a German firm for the supply of pre-fabricated buildings that will increase the passenger capacity of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The pre-fabricated structures will be in use until the Greenfield Terminal opens in 2017. A statement by KAA says that the pre-fabricated interim terminal […]

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Faulty light bulb or IED explosion? What really happened at JKIA?


Something happened at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on the night of Thursday 16 January (last night). Eyewitnesses say there was some sort of explosion. The Kenyan government asserts that the sound came from a light bulb that ‘burst’ when it fell to the ground. Either way, there have been no reported casualties – or […]

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Construction of Greenfield Terminal launched today

President Uhuru Kenyatta operates an excavator during the ground breaking ceremony for the Greenfield Terminal.

Construction of a new terminal complex at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) began today. The terminal, known as Greenfield, will more than triple JKIA’s passenger handling capacity when completed in 2017 at an estimated cost of Ksh55.5 billion (US$654 million). President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the construction of the new terminal at a ground breaking […]

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Kenya Airports gets partial compensation for JKIA fire

APA Chairman John Simba (left) hands over a Kshs500 million cheque to Lucy Mbugua (second right), Acting Managing Director of the Kenya Airports Authority. The money is partial compensation for the August 7 fire at JKIA.

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) today received Kshs500 million (US$5.7 million) from APA Insurance as part of the claim settlement following the August 7 fire which extensively destroyed the international arrivals terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The payment follows a progressive loss adjustment exercise that is expected to quantify the actual loss […]

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