Two terminals at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) have been shut following the commencement of renovation works at the transport hub.
In a statement dated Saturday, January 16, the Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) said that terminal 1B and Terminal 1C would not be accessible to flight operators as well as their passengers.
“All flight operators previously in T1B and T1C have now been moved to Terminal 1Aand Terminal 2,” read part of the statement.
Qatar Airways, Lufthansa German Airlines, RwandAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Mozambique, Turkish Airlines, Air Arabia, Egypt Air, and British Airways will operate at Terminal 1A.
Terminal 2 will serve passengers traveling via Air Uganda, UNHAS, and Emirates.
The Authority also noted that the terminals would remain closed to allow for innovative works to upgrade the airport and improve the passenger experience.
KAA also assured that it was working closely with all its partner airlines and other stakeholders at JIKA to offer passengers a seamless travel experience.
The renovation exercise is set to take 12 months and take an approximate cost of Sh963 million.
Upon completion, the terminals will have improved security screening, retail operations, check-ins as well as lounge experience for departing passengers.
The passenger flow will also be improved due to the centralization of security screening procedures and the reallocation of the floor spaces to international departure gates.
The Airport Authority acting CEO Alex Gitari noted that the refurbishment aims at improving customer experience in the airport.
This comes a week after KAA gave a disruption notice to travelers, announcing the 12-month renovation of the airport.
In a press release sent to journalists, the Authority asked passengers departing from the airport to arrive at least four hours before the departure time.
According to KAA, other parts of the refurbishments include new world-class retail and food options, upgraded check-in and lounge areas, and improved passenger flows, best-in-class technology, among other travel experience enhancements.