Kenya Airports Authority terminates JKIA Greenfield Terminal Project

Jomo Kenyatta Airport Greenfield
Concept drawing for the Jomo Kenyatta Airport Greenfield terminal by Pascall+Watson Architects Ltd

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has issued a press release to inform members of the public that the JKIA Greenfield Terminal (GFT ) Project has been terminated.

They site “prevailing operational, economic and financial dynamics, which have been on a downward trend over the last three years” as the reasons for its cancellation.

Work began on the new airport terminal after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s launch of the Sh56 billion (£395 million) project on 3rd December 2013.

At the time, the President said: “We want to make JKIA the most convenient, comfortable and secure airport in the region; to make Kenya the most attractive air hub in Africa.”

The terminal design was carried out by Pascall+Watson, with KAA deciding on an elongated X concept. The Greenfield terminal was expected to handle 20 million passengers in a year.

The rest of the press release reads:

“The JKIA hub currently has capacity to handle 7.5 million passengers per annum. In the last financial year, the facility handled 6.5 million passengers.

“The ongoing re-organization and modernization of JKIA has expanded capacity in the new Terminal 2 by an extra 2.5 million passengers and the soon to be opened T1A will increase capacity by an additional 2.5 million passengers. When this is added to the original capacity of the airports 2.5 million passengers in 1978, the total installed capacity rises to 7.5 million in 2016 against an actual passenger number of 6.5 million, leaving an excess capacity of 1 million.

“It is envisaged that by the time the modernization of T1B, C and D is done, JKIA’s total handling capacity will increase to a peak of 10.5 million passengers per annum.

“The Kenya Airports Authority remains confident that the ongoing modernization and expansion of the JKIA Hub is adequate to position the airport as the aviation gateway for the region. The country is on course to aching Category 1 Status by May 2016 as the target date for commencement of direct flights to USA.”