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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, 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. 

NOTE:  Aside from information (a) through (c) below:  this is a September 2013 post of a kind traveler: 
"As you’re heading into Kenya, be sure you have already gotten your visa application and filled it out. This will save you time. (We got ours from our travel agent, but you can print one out by going online - visit: magicalkenya.com, then click on: Plan Your Trip, then on Visa and Immigration) Have your vaccination record and passport out and ready to show. Have your cash ready. Have a pen ready, too, to fill out another form upon arrival" - following it will save you time!  
(a) International travelers need to get vaccinations (visit health.go.ke); also arrive two hours prior to international flight.
(b) Regional airlines, especially Precision Air, regularly assign passengers to a later flight - therefore, be at the gate early to insure your scheduled departure.
(c) 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  immigration.go.ke)
(d) If you need a visa, buy it at the Airport, it’s faster than standing with a ready visa in line.

Passenger traffic is growing continuously - while its yearly average passenger count is now 6.5M, the current terminal complex only supports 2.5 million.  Acccordingly, the Airport is undertaking expansion projects on several fronts, and construction on a new terminal has started late 2013.
Self-check-in kiosks are now available at NBO.

Jomo Kenyatta Airport has, as of July 2014, renamed its passenger terminals:
Terminal 1A (T1A)* - the former Terminal 4 - serves international departures & arrivals (KQ & partners) ;
Terminal 1B (T1B)* - the former Unit 1 - serves international departures ;
Terminal 1C (T1C*) - the former Unit 2 - serves international departures, and is home to Kenya Airways.
Terminal 1D (T1D) - the former Unit 3 - serves domestic departures & arrivals;
Terminal 1E (T1E) - the former Temporary Arrivals terminal - serves international arrivals.    

*Terminal 1A has 3 levels and includes parking facilities, duty-free shops, food court and more.   
*T1B & T1C have common-use check-in counters, with security check points leading to the departure lounge on level 1.

Airline /Airline Handler 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:  Construction on a new terminal has started late 2013 and is to handle three times as many passengers (or 22M a year). It will take up 178,000 sq. meters, have 50 international & 10 domestic check-in desks, 32 contact an 8 remote gates, an apron with 45 stands and linking taxiways, as wel as a railway terminal & a bus park.  Completion is tentatively scheduled for 2017.   (Passenger traffic is forcasted to be 25M by 2025).
Other projects include a redesign of the first 3 terminals, construction of a fourth terminal, an added runway, remote stands and busing gates.

  • Address:
    Airport North Road
    Embacasi, Nairobi, 190870-005
    Kenya
  • Website for Nairobi Kenyatta International: https://www.kaa.go.ke
  • Phone: +254 20 822111 /fax 82230

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