The Kenya Airports Authority confirmed the maintenance works would make the runway shorter, but sought to assure that all other operations at JKIA would run as normal.
KAA said part of runway 06/24 will be temporarily closed on Friday at 0100hrs up to Saturday at 0100hrs, for planned maintenance on the threshold lights and cabling works.
As a result KQ has rescheduled flights to London, Paris, Amsterdam and Bangkok.
“KQ102 to London will be delayed by 1hr 15mins, departing Nairobi at 0100hrs on January 14 and expected to arrive in London at 0700hrs January 14 local time London,” a statement from KQ corporate communications office said.
Flight KQ112 to Paris is delayed by 1hr35mins and rescheduled to depart Nairobi at 0115hrs (Nairobi) on Saturday arriving Paris at 0755hrs (Paris) Saturday.
KQ116 to Amsterdam is scheduled to depart on time 0820hrs on Friday.
“However it will fly via Cairo for a fuel refill as the B777 operating the flight cannot be fuelled fully in Nairobi due to the temporary shorter runway at JKIA; as a result of the stopover in Cairo, the expected time of arrival in Amsterdam 1640hr local time Amsterdam,” the airline said.
KQ860 to Bangkok and Hong Kong will be delayed by 1hr50mins, departing Nairobi at 0110hrs (Nairobi) on Saturday arriving Bangkok at 1450hrs local time Bangkok and Hong Kong at 1925hrs.
“Kenya Airways station offices in London, Paris, Bangkok and Hong Kong have arranged for special handling of passengers affected by the disruptions,” assured the airline.
All passengers booked to travel on these routes on Friday January 13 are asked to re-confirm their bookings with the airline before the date of travel and before reporting to the airport.