Greenfield Terminal construction on course, says KAA

The planned construction of a new terminal complex at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is on course,  Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) managing director Stephen Gichuki has said.

Mr Gichuki told the Daily Nation on Thursday that delays in securing a financier will not jeopardise the construction of the US$ 500 million Greenfield Terminal, even as it emerged that the project is behind its initial plan.

“Finance is not a concern given that we have set aside 10 per cent of the cost in our budget. This is enough to get us started. The rest will be paid as the project continues,” said Mr Gichuki.

KAA is currently seeking a financier, though according to the initial plan of the project the authority was expected to have secured a financier by August last year to allow for the construction from August 2011 to December 2013.

Mr Gichuki said KAA was still reviewing tender documents for more than 100 local and international firms that had shown interest in the multi-million dollar project.

The 178,000 square metres new terminal complex is meant to de-congest the existing passenger terminal and it will comprise 50 international check-in counters, 32 contact and 8 remote gates, associated apron with 45 aircraft stands and 950,000 square metres linking taxiways paved area.

It will allow the airport to handle 9 million passengers a year up from the current traffic of about 6 million people.