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Gov't to build new terminal at JKIA
23/06/2023 23:50 in Business News

Before 2027, the government promises, a cutting-edge terminal will be built at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).


By September of this year, according to Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen, the government will start the process of soliciting investors.


The CS described the proposed modern terminal as a game changer in the East African region while speaking at the official launch of Air France KLM's new Africa headquarters in Nairobi.


"We should have been able to put in the public expression of interest for investors to come and build a new terminal in the next couple of weeks, at most two months," he said.


Since its establishment in 1978, JKIA has increased from serving an average of 2 million passengers yearly to an average of 8 million.


The administration wants to address these inefficiencies and failures during the next four years.


"We want to move to 30 million a year...but it will be subject to the expression we are going to put forward an evaluation process and capacity for us to attract a good investment, and I hope in the next three years or so before 2027 we will have a new terminal," Murkomen continued.


For the East and Southern Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria region, AirFrance KLM's regional manager, Marius van der Ham, stated: "Our decision to open additional offices here follows a limiting exercise we ended in 2021. It demonstrates that when compared to markets in South Africa and Ghana, our Eastern African markets, which are historically administered in Nairobi, revealed numerous parallels in terms of the competitive structure in the market.


While the airline continues to implement sustainable practices in its operations, the new office will offer consumers a variety of services.


The AirFrance KLM Group's Senior VP, Zoran Jelkic, stated: "Plans for 2030, we want to reduce emissions by 30% COZ, and we want to be next zero in the next 20, 50 years."


"It's so difficult to bring two organizations with their own cultures together into one, and this group of airlines have succeeded in bringing together and still maintaining old culture," said Maarten Brouwer, the Dutch ambassador to Kenya.

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