At least 100 local and international construction companies have bought tenders for the construction of a new terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
According to the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Corporate Affairs Manager Dominic Ngigi, more than 100 tender documents have been bought by firms, mainly from the United States of America, Europe and Asia.
“As of Friday, more than 100 tender documents have been purchased by construction companies, mainly from America, Asia, Europe and Africa,” said Mr Ngigi.
The new airport terminal will cost about Sh45 billion and is meant to de-congest the existing passenger terminal which is operating way above its capacity due to the increasing number of passengers relying on JKIA to connect to other parts of the world.
The project is part of the second phase of JKIA expansion which also involves the construction of a second runaway, seven new air bridges, baggage handling services, a facilities management systems, a CCTV surveillance system and a multi-storey car park.
The new terminal will allow the airport to handle 9 million passengers per year up from the current traffic of 6 million passengers.
The tenders were advertised in June 2011 and the tendering process is scheduled to close later this month.