Kenya Airways has migrated 11 additional flights to the new ultramodern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). From August 21, 2014, the airline will be operating a total of 15 flights from the new terminal exclusively set aside for use by Kenya Airways and its SkyTeam partners.

These flights will be departing to Delhi, Luanda, Dar-es-Salaam, Entebbe and Johannesburg. Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Titus Naikuni, said that the new terminal has state-of-the-art facilities that will contribute towards providing a world class experience to guests.

“We are excited to increase the number of flights operating from this modern terminal. All the facilities in it are as good as anywhere else in the world. It will significantly enhance the quality of service. We have developed a timetable to progressively increase the number of flights that are processed from Terminal 1A,” Naikuni added.

Kenya Airways began using Terminal 1A on August 12, 2014, with 4 flights. From Thursday August 21, 2014, the flights that will be operated from the terminal are to Delhi (KQ220); Luanda (KQ770); Dar-es-Salaam (KQ480, KQ482, KQ484, KQ486 and KQ488); Entebbe (KQ410, KQ412, KQ414, KQ416 and KQ418); and Johannesburg (KQ760, KQ762 and KQ764).

Terminal 1A has capacity to handle one-way peak hour traffic of 1,500 passengers and up to 2.5 million passengers every year. It will initially handle only departures but is expected to be fully operational by 2015 when it will be completed.

The new terminal built at a cost of KES  9.3 billion by the Chinese firm Wu Yi Co, was originally known as Unit 4. Unit 4 was closed for 4 years to facilitate construction work. Wu Yi Co were contracted in 2006 by the Kenya Airports Authority for construction and were expected complete in August 2013, but there were delays which pushed the completion time to mid 2014. It took over 9 years to plan and design this terminal.