On Friday KAA, floated a Sh1 billion (US$12 million) tender for international companies to build the 1.5 million capacity terminal scheduled for completion in 18 months.
“The Kenya Airports Authority intends to enhance its passenger handling capacity and improve on the efficiency of hub operations at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport,” the Authority said in a tender notice.
The new passenger terminal will have a floor capacity of 8,000 square metres on two levels, according to KAA officials.
Construction work on the project is expected to begin in September ahead of the planned renovation of the airport’s current terminal at the end of the year.
The new terminal will help the airport avoid disruptions by handling the increasing domestic traffic.
KAA said the domestic passenger terminal will be construction using prefabricated wall panel and insulated roof panels in effort to meet with energy efficiency requirements.
“It shall be made of a prefabricated wall panel, quick erect steel/aluminium frames and insulated roof panels with aesthetical acoustic ceiling,” read the tender notice.
KAA had initially planned to renovate JKIA’s terminal as soon as it completed the ongoing construction of Unit 4 of the current terminal in August this year.
However, the Authority later changed its mind after airlines industry officials warned that the closure of the two terminals for renovation would disrupt operations at the airport.
JKIA currently handles 6.5 million passengers and 300 million kilogrammes of cargo a year, with passenger and cargo traffic estimated to grow at an annual rate of 12 and 10 per cent respectively.
Passenger traffic is expected to triple to 17.1 million in 2020 and grow further to 35.3 million 10 years later.