JKIA’s new Terminal 2 opens for business

The terminal will handle 2.5 million passengers annually

Terminal2Terminal 2 at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is now operational. The brand new state-of-the-art prefabricated building, which incorporates international and domestic functions for both arrivals and departures, is designed to handle 2.5 million passengers annually. This brings JKIA’s total capacity to 7.5 million passengers per year. Currently around 6.5 million passengers pass through the airport every year.

Speaking at the opening of the new terminal, Kenya Airports Authority’s (KAA’s), acting Managing Director Yatich Kangugo noted that the commissioning of the facility was a huge milestone for the airport’s expansion and modernisation project.

“The launch and coming to stream of this new Terminal 2 will significantly ease congestion at JKIA and deliver a better experience to passengers travelling through the airport,” he said. “The additional capacity will also enhance JKIA’s ability to effectively play its role as the gateway into the region.”

As part of the further redevelopment of JKIA, KAA is also in the process of constructing Terminal 3 (formerly Greenfield Terminal), which will have an annual handling capacity of 20 million passengers. The first phase is expected to be complete by 2018. Terminal 1A, which is dedicated to the exclusive use of Kenya Airways and its partners began operations last year.

Surprise birthday at 39,000 feet
KQ guest Mrs Miller celebrated her 93rd birthday in an unusual way – on board a Kenya Airways’ flight from Lagos to Nairobi.

The pilot, Captain Moses Karanja, had learned of Mrs Miller’s special day as he welcomed passengers aboard. He recalled: “When we got to cruise I proceeded to make my PA announcements. I acknowledged her and wished her a happy birthday. I also told the passengers that the crew and myself would be singing Happy Birthday to her later in the flight.”

An hour before landing, all the crew (except the co-pilot and two others who had to man their stations) went into the cabin to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ and present the birthday girl with a cake they had put together using the day’s dessert selections. As they sang the entire cabin joined in.

Capatin Karanja added: “A middle-aged gentleman came rushing up and announced that it was also his birthday. He wanted the old lady to bless him. He bowed down and she laid her hands on him. It was an extremely touching scene.”

On disembarking, Mrs Miller removed her brooch and pinned it on the pilot’s shirt, adding that it was “the best birthday ever”.