NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 4 – The fire at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) two months ago was caused by an electrical fault, Infrastructure and Transport Secretary Michael Kamau says.
Kamau said the report handed over to him after investigations conducted by over 10 institutions has shown that it was a simple fire gone bad.
“From the evidence collected, experts’ report and eye witness account, it is evident that the fire was an accidental incident that resulted from an electrical hitch that started from the electric distribution board, it was beyond any human detention and control,” he said.
He said the airport is back on course and operations are now better at Kenya’s main airport.
“We have reopened gates 4 to 14 for International Departures and also restored domestic flight operations back to Unit 3 from the Cargo Village where they were moved after the fire,” she said.
He said traffic at the JKIA during the months of August and September averaged 400,000 passengers per month similar to the figures experienced on the same months last year.
He said passenger processes have been improved and security has been beefed up at the airport.
“We have now completely segregated international arrivals and departures by situating them in separate buildings thus the international arrivals have no chance for hanging around as their first stop is immigration,” Kamau said.
He said by segregating arriving and departing passengers, the airport walkways have been decongested on the entire first floor in Unit 2 and 3.
He said the duty free shops were converted into a sitting area.
Kamau said works are ongoing towards having the terminal 4 ready for partial opening by December 2013.
He was speaking on Friday at JKIA during a stakeholders’ tour.