Construction of a new terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has been recently commissioned by Uhuru Kenyatta, the president of Kenya. Costing more than 50 billion Kenya Shillings, this terminal would provide the airport with an extra capacity to handle 20 million passengers every year and upgrade its status as a world-class hub for air travel. This airport was built to handle 2.5 million passengers every year; but with cheap flights to Kenya available in recent times, it is actually used by more than 6.5 million passengers. Design of the new JKIA terminal is believed to be environmentally sustainable. Occupying an overall space of 178,000 square meters, this terminal would feature 32 contact and 8 remote gates, 50 international and 10 domestic check-in points, a bus park and many other facilities.
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The construction of new terminal is expected to be completed by 2017, and would be able to accommodate 845 domestic passengers, over 3,000 international passengers and more than 2,403 transiting passengers. A fire that broke out on 7th of August, 2013, due to an electrical fault, had caused some serious damages to the location. The new facility would go a long way in promoting business opportunities and fostering socio-economic development. While speaking at a ceremony to celebrate the building of this new terminal, president Kenyatta had said that it would mark the beginning of a new era in African aviation. With cheap flights to Kenya and other facilities available for tourists, this would be an added benefit in the days to come.