Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is located 18 KM east of the capital of Nairobi, Kenya. It is the largest airport in East and Central Africa currently served by 49 airlines with direct flights to Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and the African Continent.
With this kind of traffic it is very easy for someone to lose their way around the airport, particularly when it comes to which terminal to depart from. The situation is not made any easier with the recent re-branding and construction of new JKIA terminals by the Kenya airports Authority (KAA) that has seen them all get new names. We will try to break this down for you and hope we will make it a bit easier to find your way around.
The new Terminal 1A, which was previously known as Terminal 4, handles International departures and arrivals for Kenya Airways and her Partners. What used to be called Unit 1 has now become Terminal 1B. Terminal 1B now handles International departures for other airlines. Unit 2, which is now known as Terminal 1C, handles International Departures as well.
Terminal 1D, formerly Unit 3, handles domestic departures and arrivals. The Temporary Arrivals Terminal, that is also currently used for International Arrivals, is now known as Terminal 1E.
Two additional terminals, the Greenfield Terminal (Terminal 3) and Terminal 2, currently known as Interim Terminal, are still under construction. The Greenfield Terminal will have a capacity to handle 20 million passengers and will be the single largest terminal in Africa.
So if you are travelling soon, it is good to familiarise yourself with these new JKIA terminals. This will minimise confusion and the imminent possibility of missing your flight, especially if you are late for boarding and there is no time to explore.
Take comfort though in the fact that the airport is well labelled, plus if you purchased your ticket from a reputable travel agency, the new name will very likely be indicated in your ticket. Looking forward to hearing your experience.