, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 19 – Transport Principal Secretary Nduva Muli says operations at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) are now back 100 percent.
He says the focus is now on getting international arrivals clearance desks out of tents and into the JKIA Parking Garage by the end of September.
“They will be housed there for a maximum of three months as will the airlines whose offices were scorched in the fire, we have set up a temporary 32 office complex,” he said.
Other than offices, the newly constructed garage will be modified to include an immigration area, a port of health and a baggage claim.
At the end of January the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) plans on moving the international arrivals out of the garage into a temporary terminal which will accommodate 2.5 million passengers annually.
“We have already begun the tendering processes and expect to have it up and running in about eight to 12 weeks. And while it is called a temporary terminal, it is a permanent structure which will give us about three years of life,” Muli explained.
He said the temporary terminal was always in the pipeline as even prior to the inferno, JKIA’s facilities were already overstretched.
In the immediate future, Kenya Airways (KQ) will begin operating its international departures out of Terminal Two whose upper floor suffered some damage from the fire.
“We have managed to restore a number of gates in the terminal so that by Wednesday Kenya Airways will be able to operate from there partially as we progress toward the opening of other parts of this terminal and terminal one,” Muli said.
Terminal One, which was used for international arrivals and was the starting point of the fire, is in the meantime undergoing structural checks that will determine the extent of the renovations that will be required.
KQ CEO Titus Naikuni told reporters on Monday that the national carrier has now recovered its footing after making a Sh437 million loss as a result of the disruption to their operations.
“I’m pleased to let you know that we have already now come back to where we were in terms of passenger numbers. In fact on Saturday we carried 11, 900. Yesterday we carried 12, 960 passengers which could be a record for us. So we have recovered,” he said.