Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Embakasi Sub-Location, Embakasi Location, Embakasi Division, Embakasi East Constituency, Nairobi East District, Nairobi County, Republic of Kenya, East Africa

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is an international airport located in Embakasi Ward on the southeastern side of the City of Nairobi, Republic of Kenya, East Africa. The airport has scheduled flights to destinations in over 50 countries. The airport served over 7 million passengers in 2016, making it the seventh busiest airport in passenger traffic in Africa.

The airport is named after Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first president and prime minister.

Plans for the airport were drawn up in 1953, work started in January 1954, and by mid-1957 it was found possible to bring the operational date forward to mid-March 1958. On Sunday 9 March 1958, Embakasi Airport (now JKIA) was opened by the last colonial governor of Kenya, Sir Evelyn Baring.

There are two terminals. Terminal 1 is arranged in a semi-circular orientation and is divided into four parts: 1A, 1B, 1C, and 1E are used for international arrivals and departures while terminal 1D is used for domestic departures and arrivals.

Terminal 2 is mainly used by low cost carriers (LCCs). The original terminal, located on the north side of the runway, is used by the Kenya Air Force and is sometimes referred as Old Embakasi Airport. The pefrabricated terminal opened in April 2015 with a capacity of 2.5M passengers - originally intended to relieve overcrowding.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

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