The construction of a new terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is 56 per cent complete and due for commissioning in August 2013.
Dubbed Jomo Kenyatta Airport Terminal 4, the Sh9.4 billion terminal is expected to handle 2.5 million passengers a year – thereby allowing JKIA to handle 9 million passengers annually up from the current traffic of about 6.5 million passengers.
Construction of parking bays at a cost of Sh2.4 billion is also ongoing and is expected to be complete around the same time.
The three existing terminals will be renovated at a cost of Sh7.9 billion once Terminal 4 becomes operational.
The project team is however raising fears that the terminal may not be operational until early 2014 on grounds that procurement of furnishing material is already behind schedule.
“The structure will be completed next year but delays in getting approvals from lenders such as the World Bank for other accessories could see it start operations in December 2013 or early 2014,” Betty Kamunde, KAA’s deputy expansion project manager told reporters.
JKIA Terminal 4 project which began in September 2010 is part of the second phase of the airport expansion. It involves construction of Terminal 4 building and a multi-storey car parking facility that can accommodate 1,500 cars.
According to the KAA website, completion of the second phase of expansion will ease the airport operational constraints, and provide adequate parking for those using the airport.