The insurance industry regulator has urged the underwriting firms that cover Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to expedite claims once the costing is done, to boost the sector's image.
Insurance Regulatory Authority boss Sammy Makove said while the incident is unfortunate, it gives the industry a rare chance to prove to the public that it has the capacity and goodwill to handle mishaps.
He said the industry which has a market penetration of three per cent needed to earn public confidence adding that ensuring JKIA was fully compensated and operational as fast as possible would hand the sector the much needed boost.
"The insurance companies involved have said they have no problem at all with handling the JKIA claim," said Makove.
"This is the spirit that we need to be seen, not negatively all the time because we have a role to play."
APA insurance is one of the cover providers to JKIA and its reinsurer Kenya Reinsurance has also been informed and indicated that the matter will be handled as soon as the investigations are complete.
Makove said an insurers meeting to assess the fire incident took place a few days ago adding that executives of the insurance companies that cover the airport seemed not worried about the cost.
"I would like to call upon those insurance companies that the claims are paid expeditiously in accordance with that contract," added the IRA boss.
However if the investigations prove that the fire was sabotage, it could prove a tricky situation for claims settlement since insurance compensates accidents and not deliberately caused disasters.