Kenya's new airport terminal to be completed in 2012
5 May 2011
Construction of a new terminal at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is expected to be completed by the end of 2012, ministers have revealed.
Bloomberg reports that the expansion will allow the airport, which serves as a key hub for travel to East Africa, to handle some nine million passengers a year, up from the current six million capacity.
It has been financed by a $186 million loan including a $6 million grant from the Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank.
Transport minister Amos Kimunya told the news provider that this represented the second stage of the airport's expansion, after $40 million was spent in 2006.
As well as building a new terminal, the loan will also be used to expand one of the existing terminals and to install a new baggage-handling system.
"We also have plans to construct a second runway to handle the ever-increasing traffic," Mr Kimunya said.
Reuters recently revealed that transport infrastructure in Kenya will be boosted thanks to a loan from the World Bank.