, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7 – All flights in and out of East Africa’s busiest airport – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – were suspended indefinitely on Wednesday after a major fire outbreak damaged the main airport building.
The dawn fire whose cause remained unknown affected all landings and take offs at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) promoting re-routing of planes to alternative airports.
National carrier Kenya Airways announced flights that were due to land at JKIA were diverted to Mombasa while passengers who had been transiting at the time were taken to hotels.
In a statement, KQ CEO Titus Naikuni said that flights will remain suspended until the airline receives clearance from airport authorities.
“All our flights are currently cancelled until further notice. There will be certain disruptions on our operations and as soon as we get clarity on the extent of the damage we will advise everyone on what we intend to do,” Naikuni said.
Five flights which were diverted to Mombasa include KQ117, KQ331, KQ311, KQ863, and KQ203.
Flights which earlier landed safely in Nairobi included KQ765, KQ466, KQ221, KQ101, KQ625, KQ887, KQ732, and KQ417.
The airline has assured that all the incoming and outgoing passengers are safe apart from one member of staff and a passenger who had slight smoke inhalation and are safe in hospital for further investigation.