The government is targeting over Sh25 million passengers annually by 2025 on the expansion of terminals at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). Total passenger numbers have grown by nine per cent to more than 6.5 million and 250 million kilogrammes of cargo over the last two years, despite the impact of terminal upgrades which put a dent in overall growth.
Speaking during the 6th Africa Aviation Law Conference 2016 in Nairobi, Transport Principal secretary Irungu Nyakera said the government is further betting big on the upgrades of Terminals 1B, 1C and 1D—whose designs are currently underway—to boost capacity at the international airport serving several regional countries.
“The government has committed significant investment in terminals 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E at JKIA which are designed to significantly increase the capacity of the airport,” he said.
“Terminals 1A and 1E are in operation, and so is the new international arrivals terminal which has made it possible to separate arriving from departing passengers,” he added. When the terminals are fully operational, it is estimated that pasenger annual growth rate will shoot up by about 12 per cent over the projected period.
Recent audits— global safety and security standards by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme and Universal Security Audit Programme—which rated Kenya at 78.42 per cent and 89 per cent are further expected to boost the country’s aviation sector.
The audits conducted in April and August this year place Kenya among the top 25 per cent states globally and in the top five in the continent with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices compliance.