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. 
As of October 25, 2015 Brussels Airport no longer serves Nairobi Airport - instead Lufthansa will continue this route.

NOTE:   As you’re heading into Kenya, 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. 
    (a) International travelers need to get vaccinations (visit; 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:
    (d) If you need a visa, you can also buy it at the Airport, it’s faster than standing with a ready visa in line.
Self-check-in kiosks will shorten your check-in time.

Terminal 1 is divided into sub-terminals 1A through 1E (T1A - T1E). T1 is able to handle 5M passengers annually.
   Terminal 1A
(T1A) serves international departures & arrivals (KQ & partners). It has 3 levels with parking facilities, duty-free shops, food court and more. 
   Terminal 1B (T1B)
serves international departures and houses common-use check-in counters, with security check points leading to the departure lounge on level 1.
   Terminal 1C (T1C)
serves international departures, and is home to Kenya Airways. It houses common-use check-in counters, with security check points leading to the departure lounge on level 1

Temporary Terminal 2, opened in April 2015, is a  prefabricated terminal (completed in six months) intended  relief overcrowding at T1 until the new Greenfield Terminal  becomes operational by 2017/18. The temporary terminal currently serves exclusively Kenya Airways and its partners. -The 178,000 sq.meters temporary terminal 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.

With both Terminals, current total capacity is now 7.5M passenger a year.  (The future Terminal 3 will add another 20M passenger annually).

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. 
- Upon completion of the 'Greenfield Terminal' (started in late 2013) it will be able to handle at  typical peak hour 3,133 international, 2,403 transfer, and 85 domestic passengers. The terminal will have 60 check-in counters, 32 air bridges, 8 remote gates, an automated baggage handling system, a commercial retail center & a commuter railway station.  Tentative completion is scheduled for 2017/18.
- Construction on a new 18,000 ft long runway started  January 2016 - to becompleted 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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