The Kenya Airports Authority yesterday said it had dismantled all tents used as the arrival terminal. For one month, they have used tents after the arrival terminal burnt down.
KAA acting managing director Lucy Mbugua said all operations are back to normal. She said passengers will not use the temporary tents again. Mbugua said they want to ensure that passengers are comfortable because at times it was too hot or cold in the tents.
She said they have used Sh200 million to convert the parking garage at terminal two into an international arrivals lounge.
Mbugua said the parking garage will serve as an international arrival lounge for four months before the new terminal, which is on top of the domestic arrivals terminal, is completed.
"Today is a great day for us. All the tents that have served as the arrival terminal are coming down. After the conversion of the parking garage into a terminal, we can comfortably handle all the 9,000 passengers we handle everyday," she said.
The MD said KAA has received a grant of $60 million (Sh5.25 billion) from the World Bank and $28 million (Sh2.45 billion) from the African Development Bank to reconstruct the burnt terminal.
"Engineers have told us that the burnt building should come down. We will have a new building in the same place," Mbugua said.
She said that by January 2014, JKIA will be able to handle more passengers since the terminal under construction will be complete.
Kenya Airways CEO Titus Naikuni said there is no problem with flight connections despite reports that passengers from West Africa were canceling their flights and avoiding Kenya,. "They should not be worried because everything is back to normal," he said. Naikuni thanked KAA for ensuring that passangers will no longer use tents.
Mbugua said investigations into the cause of the fire that occurred in early August are at the final stages. She said detectives will hand in their report soon.