Nairobi Kenyatta International (NBO) Airport

Nairobi Kenyatta International NBO Airport Overview

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. 

VISA: Be sure you have already obtained your visa application and filled it out - saving time. To print one out, open: & 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:
Vaccinations:  International travelers need to get vaccinations (visit;
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 will shorten your check-in time.

Kenyatta Interntional Airport has two terminals: T1 & T2 (in March 2016 the 'Greenfield Terminal' project had been canceled).

Terminal 1 is divided into sub-terminals 1A through 1E (T1A - T1E)1A, B, C & E are for international flights; 1D is for domestic flights.
   Terminal 1A
(T1A) has 3 levels with parking facilities, duty-free shops, food court and more. 
   Terminal 1B (T1B) 
houses common-use check-in counters, with security check points leading to the departure lounge on level 1.
   Terminal 1C (T1C) 
houses common-use check-in counters, with security check points leading to the departure lounge on level 1.
   Terminal 1D (T1D) serves domestic flights.

Terminal 2 serves exclusively Kenya Airways and its partners. The pefrabricated terminal opened in April 2015 wWith a capacity of 2.5M passengers. The  178,000 sq.meter prefabricated terminal (completed in six months) - was intended to relief overcrowding at T1. It  has a capacity of handling 2.5M passengers a year and houses 50 international & 10 domestic check-in desks, 32 contact & 8 remote gates, an apron with 45 stands and linking taxiways.

Important telephone contacts:
British Airways: 020327400 or 0722509747
Egypt Air: 0788343359
Emirates: +254736239001
Kenya Airways: +254706999999, +254734104747, +254711024747
Kenya Aerotech: 020827131
Swissport: 0208223191 or 0728804088

Present and future Airport Developments:  The 'Vision 30' Project  included new Terminals 2 & 3: 
- Final additions toTerminal 2 may be ongoing up to 2017 and include a railway terminal & a bus park. 
- The 'Greenfield Terminal' project - started in late 2013 - has been canceled as of March 2016, due to high cost!  (The Terminal was designed to house 32 air bridges, 8 remote gates, an automated baggage handling system, a commercial retail center & a commuter railway station) 
- Construction on a new 18,000 ft long runway started  January 2016 - to be completed December 2017.

  • Address:
    Airport North Road
    Embacasi, Nairobi, 190870-005
  • Website for Nairobi Kenyatta International:
  • Phone: +254 20 822111 /fax 82230

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