Nairobi — THE country's Transport Sector Support Project (KTSSP) received a major financial boost after the World Bank approved $203, 5 million additional financing for the scheme.
The financing will mainly support emergency activities and the ongoing expansion works at the airport in Nairobi and enable the government to complete upgrading sections of the Northern and Western transport corridors.
Among projects scheduled to benefit include the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which suffered a major fire disaster in August last year.
“The additional financing will support the government to restore operations at Kenya's premier international airport and also to improve the preparedness of the Kenya Airports Authority to respond to disasters such last year's fire emergency,” stated Diarietou Gaye, the Bank's Country Director for Kenya.
“It will also enable us to complete ongoing contracts for upgrading of the two major trade and transport corridors to facilitate regional trade and integration.”
The massive fire destroyed international passenger terminal facilities and caused major flight disruptions at Kenya's largest airport, which is also East Africa's busiest international air transport and tourism hub.
Although domestic and international flight operations were quickly restored, some passenger services are being handled from temporary terminals.
Under the new funding, a new temporary international passenger arrivals terminal will be installed and terminal 4, which is under construction with Bank funding, will be expanded to include permanent facilities for an international arrivals lounge.