, NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 30 – The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) says it has deployed more officers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to help with the increased vehicle screening which has caused long queues into the region’s busiest airport.
KAA Managing Director Lucy Mbugua said the authority was also widening entry lanes into the airport to clear more cars simultaneously.
“This will refine the current security screening process and considerably shorten vehicle-waiting time that is currently about an hour,” she noted.
Security checks at the airport have been enhanced following an explosion mid this month, and media report which revealed loopholes in security vigilance. All vehicles are now undergoing screening at the entry to the airport, leading to delays of up to one hour.
The authorities have advised travellers to go to the airport an hour ahead of the normal check-in times.
At the same time, Mbugua has said that extra screening equipment would be delivered to the National Police Service and other security agencies at the JKIA entrances on Friday.
“We would like to assure travellers and other airport users that that the security processing time on entry to JKIA will reduce as the process is refined,” she stated.
These enhanced security measures are being replicated in all airports across the country.
Kenya’s main airport has been facing security challenges in the recent past that include a fire that paralysed operations for three days in August 2013 as well as an explosion that was reported on January 17, 2014.
The fire at JKIA in August 2013 was caused by an electrical fault according the Infrastructure and Transport Secretary Michael Kamau.