The cabinet has approved the JKIA Medium-Term Investment Plan, paving the way for a sweeping overhaul at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

The ambitious plan targets a comprehensive transformation of critical airport components, such as the passenger terminal, runway, taxiway, apron, and airside facilities, bringing them in line with global aviation standards.

The move comes in response to longstanding criticisms of JKIA’s deteriorating infrastructure, with issues like leaking roofs and insufficient shelter drawing public ire. President William Ruto lauded the initiative, stating, “Our goal is to establish a world-class airport experience for all travelers transiting through JKIA.”

Central to the investment blueprint is the construction of a state-of-the-art terminal set to accommodate a staggering 20 million passengers annually, signifying a monumental leap in operational capacity.

Construction is set to kick off later this year, with completion slated by the end of the 2025/2026 financial year. Additionally, plans are in place to refurbish Terminal 1E, further improving the airport’s infrastructure and services.

The unveiling of the National Aviation Policy, coupled with the airport upgrades, emphasizes the government’s commitment to fortifying Kenya’s aviation sector, fostering growth, connectivity, and economic prosperity.

With air travel demand on the rise and population projections indicating a doubling by 2050, the imperative to enhance aviation capabilities is paramount. The revitalization of JKIA aligns seamlessly with the broader national objectives outlined in Vision 2030, solidifying Kenya’s position as a premier hub for aviation excellence.