, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 9- The government is set to build a new temporary terminal with a capacity of 2.5 million passengers.
President Uhuru Kenyatta who visited the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Friday evening said the new terminal will be ready in coming weeks.
“We also intend to do a full refurbishment of Terminals 1, 2 and 3 once our new temporary terminal is ready,” he revealed
The president said that Terminal 4 that is currently under construction will come on stream earlier than the projected March 4 2014.
“Passengers are coming in and going out, as it ought to be. They are not as comfortable as we’d like them to be, but we are working on that,” he said.
To enhance passenger comfort, the President offered the use of the Presidential pavilion to boost operations of the airport.
He said that Airport capacity is up to about 70 per cent while safety and security have significantly been enhanced.
The President spoke JKIA after inspecting progress made towards returning the airport to normal operations.
The airport resumed operations to all traffic at midnight Thursday.
He said the cost of loss experienced during the incident has not been quantified.
The government has also overhauled national disaster services, creating one coordinating agency to take charge during such incidences.
“We have received massive support, including financial, security equipment and others, from lending institutions and friendly governments to get this important regional hub back to full operations, and we are grateful to them,” he said.