Nairobi - Jomo Kenyatta International Airport NBO - also referred to as JKIA - is situated 5,327 feet above sea level, and serves Kenya's capital city of Nairobi and its surrounding areas. It is the largest of Kenya’s eight airports, and also the busiest one in East Central Africa. The Airport is managed by Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).
The Airport is located in Embacasi, a suburb south-east of Nairobi, and is 18 km east of the central district of Nairobi. The Mombasa Highway A104 runs adjacent to the airport, and is the main route of access between Nairobi and the Airport.
With a long runway, and an estimated 6.5 million passengers a year, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is hub to carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) and is host to a myriad of domestic & international airlines serving it with a multitude of direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
After a major fire at JKIA in 2013, rebuilding the Airport started gradually thereafter.
The closest Hotel to the Airport is the 'Airport View Plaza Hotel - 5 minutes from the Airport (no shuttles provided.)
- Visa: Be sure you have already obtained your visa application and filled it out* - saving time. To print one out, open: www.magicalkenya.com & click on: Plan Your Trip, then click on Visa and Immigration). Have both vaccination record & passport at ready to present; you also will need a pen to complete a form you get, & cash. If you need a visa, you can also buy it at the Airport, it’s faster than standing with a ready visa in line. Tip: To avoid standing in a long line at Customs & Kenya visa desk, try to get to other customs & visa desks located at the end of the hallway, either to the right or left of it (on your way you'll pass Kenya Airways lounge, prayer room, the health offices. (For more information open: www.immigration.go.ke)
* NEW: Visa applications can be done online: the E-Visa portal's website is: www.evisa.go.ke. Approval is done in real-time. Passport photos can either be scanned or taken by mobile phone (the system can resize it to fit size requirements); payment is accepted in US dollars.
- Vaccinations: International travelers need to get vaccinations (visit health.go.ke).
- Arrive at the Airport two hours prior to international flight. Regional airlines, especially Precision Air, regularly assign passengers to a later flight - therefore, be at the gate early to insure your scheduled departure.
- Self-check-in kiosks with boarding pass printout capacity are currently only available to passengers of Kenya Airways, South African Airways & KLM - distributed within the departure hall.
- Note that there may be still lack of abundant food & drink choices and those available close early. Free WyFi is available.
- Security: Unlike at other airports, JKIA already provides for a checkpoint on the mainroad into the airport with large scanning machines for people & vehicles - followed by another 3 checkpoints with heavily armed police officers stationed before passengers even enter their terminal.
Kenyatta Interntional Airport has two terminals: T1 and T2 (Terminal 1 is divided into sub-terminals T1A through T1E. New T1A & T1E are able to separate arriving and departing passengers - elevating JKIA to interntional aviation standards:
Terminal 1 - the Main Terminal:
- T1A houses arrivals & departures at separate areas. With a capacity of 2.5M passengers a year and 3 levels, T1A is currently served by Kenya Airways and all members of Sky Team Alliance (currently KLM, China Southern, Air Mauritius, Saudi Arabian, Precision & Royal Air Maroc airlines). T1A houses 30 check-in counters,12 departure gates, ample seating and food & retail options.. Its Arrivals area houses 5 baggage carrousels,handling up to 640 bags per hour.
T1A offers parking facilities, duty-free shops, food court and more. It offers a spacious baggage claim, new imigration desks, and airline agent desks, spacious terminal walkway, glass-enclosed boarding gates, immigration desk and baggage carousels.
- T1E houses arrivals & departures on separate in separate areas. With a capacity of 2.5M passengers a year and 3 levels, T1E is currently served by non-affiliated airlines of Kenya Airways (currently British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa, Swiss Int'l; Ehiopian, South African, Qatar, LAM Mozambique, Etihad, Air Arabia, Turkish, Air Mauritius, EgyptAir & RwandAir. T1E's amenities and services are similar to T1A. T1E offers the Turkish Airlines Star Alliance Lounge at T1E, airside, Departure, Transit Area, open 24 hours. Pay at the Door ($45)
- T1B houses common-use check-in counters, with security check points leading to the departure lounge on level 1. Current airlines at T1B: British, Brussels, South African, Swiss International, Turkish, Condor & Emirates airlines. Airline Lounges: Aspire Lounge at airside, opposite gate 10, open 24 hours; pa at door $30.
- T1C houses common-use check-in counters, with security check points leading to the departure lounge on level 1. Current airlines at T1C: Air Arabia, Rwanda Ai, Qatar, Ethiopian, Air Mozambique, Lufthansa, Egypt Air, Saudi Arabian, & Etihad airlines.
- T1D serves domestic flights. Current airlines at T1D: Kenya Airways & Jambo Jet.
NOTE: Remodeling & extending T1B, T1C & T1D is scheduled for March 2017 - when JKIA should be able to handle 12M passengers.
Terminal 2* now serves mainly low-cost carriers (LLCs) The pefrabricated terminal opened in April 2015 with a capacity of 2.5M passengers - originally intended to relieve overcrowding. T2 houses 50 international & 10 domestic check-in desks, 32 contact & 8 remote gates, an apron with 45 stands and linking taxiways.
Current Airlines at T2: Fly 540, African Epress, Fast Jet, East African Safari, Fly Sax, & Jubba Airways. Current lounges at T2: Mara Lounge and Mount Kenya Lounge - both at airside, Level 1, open 24 hours.
Important telephone contacts:
British Airways: 020327400 or 0722509747
Egypt Air: 0788343359
Kenya Airways: +254706999999, +254734104747, +254711024747
Kenya Aerotech: 020827131
Swissport: 0208223191 or 0728804088
Present and future Airport Developments: The 'Vision 30' Project include new Terminals 2 & 3:
- * Final additions to Terminal 2 may be ongoing up to 2017 and include a railway terminal & a bus park.
- Construction on a new 18,000 ft long runway started January 2016 - to be completed December 2017.
- Construction of Kenya’s first elevated highway - connecting Jomo Kenyatta Airport through Nairobi to Nakuru: World Bank in August 2016 signed a KES 38 Billion financing deal for the first-phase construction of the project, starting late 2016 / early 2017. Final touches are still being made on the project’s terms and conditions and will include the African Development Bank, which expressed interest in funding of the project. According to the Director General of Kenya National Highways Authority - construction of the project's first phase has already been handed over to China Wu Yi, (the Chinese company that built Thika Road). The new road will include special features (a dedicated lane for well-organized, large-capacity buses under the bus rapid transit (BRT) plan - aimed at improving public commuter service and easing congestion.
Furthermore, secured funding has been obtained for a second runway at the Airport, which is to eable Kenyatta Airport planes to avaid queuing before takeoff.
Airport North Road
Embacasi, Nairobi, 190870-005
KENWebsite: https://www.kaa.go.ke Contact: Phone:
+254 20 822111 /fax 82230