AfDB approves funds for JKIA refurbishment
25 October 2013, 14:00
Nairobi - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a total of 28 million US dollars to finance the construction of an interim terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) as part of the emergency recovery measures to the aftermath fire accident that occurred in August at the airport.
Gabriel Negatu, AfDB’s Regional Director for the Eastern Africa Resource Center, said the construction of the interim terminal will ease daily operations at the airport.
“The interim terminal will be a 10,000 Square meters facility and will have a capacity to handle annual traffic of 2.5 million international and domestic arriving and departing passengers,” said Negatu.
“The total cost of the project is 27.6 million US dollars. The Government will finance the difference,” he added.
Negatu added that AfDB had also approved a total of 1 million US dollars grant in September to enhance security at the regional airport to purchase and install security screening equipment.
He stated that the security equipment to be acquired under the grant include; eight Walk-Through Metal Detectors, eight Check in X-Ray Machines and nine Cabin X-Ray Machines, and that the project will be implemented within the next 6 months.
“JKIA’s status as a regional aviation and economic hub of East Africa will not be undermined by situations such as passenger inconveniences, inefficient operations and congestion. The Bank’s support, in addition to restoring the service level, will also help to bridge the capacity gap until the expansion projects are completed in 2017,” explained Negatu.
Negatu cited that on average, JKIA handles more than six million passenger traffic and about 300,000 tons of cargo traffic annually having a schedule flight to over 50 countries.
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