When east and central Africa's busiest airport burst into flames last month, it was just the latest in a series of disasters and scandals afflicting Jomo Kenyatta International. But from the ashes came a swift, professional response - and the promise of something new. African travellers, rejoice!
Few shed tears when the international arrivals and departures terminal at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) caught fire last month (thankfully no one was injured in the blaze).
JKIA is an old and unloved airport, the scene of too many disaster stories of delayed flights, lost luggage and poor service.
Its bare concrete walls and prison-slit windows have long gone out of fashion, and passengers have been known to get lost in the narrow, claustrophobia-inducing duty free corridor, a seemingly never-ending circle of shabby fixtures, dim lighting and identical shops.
And yet, when travelling within sub-Saharan Africa, there's no way to avoid JKIA. Along with OR Tambo in Johannesburg and Bole International in Addis Ababa, it is one of the continent's three main aviation hubs, and the busiest airport in east and central Africa.
Originally built by the British in 1958 to handle just 2-million passengers per year, it...