Kenya is preparing to construct a new terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in January to boost its capacity and maintain its position as a regional hub. Caleb Kositany, chairman of the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), announced the news on Sunday. The airport has experienced a significant increase in passenger numbers, contributing to congestion challenges. The new terminal aims to significantly enhance JKIA’s capacity and meet the region’s escalating demand for air travel.

“We will break ground on a new terminal at JKIA in January next year to handle more passengers,” said Mr Kositany. Kenya Airways (KQ) and other airlines have seen a significant increase in passenger traffic at the airport, making expansion crucial.

Kositany stated that the Kenya Airports Authority will soon initiate an open tender process for the construction, but they have not yet determined the project’s cost. The proposed approach leans towards a public-private partnership (PPP) to expedite the project. This development marks a significant step in ensuring the airport’s continued prominence in the region.

In 1978, Kenya constructed JKIA to handle two million passengers annually via its two terminals. About eight years ago, KAA upgraded the airport, which included rebranding and renaming the two terminals. Today, with an annual traffic of about 6.5 million passengers, the airport needs a third terminal.