New terminal commissioned for Jomo Kenyatta airport

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Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has commissioned construction of a new KSh55.5 billion ($640 million) international terminal for Jomo Kenyatta International, following an electrical fire at the airport in August.

Covering an area spanning 178,000m2, the new terminal will be equipped with 50 international and 10 domestic check-in desks, 32 contact and 8 remote gates, and an apron equipped with 45 stands.

Construction of the new facility will be carried out by China’s Anhui Construction Engineering Group (ACEG) and China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC).

Once completed in 2017, the terminal will be capable of handling 20 million passengers per annum, and will help "ease congestion" and meet "current and future demand", says the airport.