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Kenya: Flights suspended at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after fire breaks out at arrival terminal

7th Aug 2013
JKIA workers look at a huge fire at the airport’s arrival terminal [Photo: Courtesy @renjiSAN]

 

By Cyrus Ombati

NAIROBI, (Standard):  Jomo Kenyatta International Airport ( JKIA) has been closed indefinitely after a huge  fire broke out at the arrival terminal.

Arrival and take off of planes have been affected after the fire broke out shortly before 5 am at the arrivals terminal.

There is no departure while flights that were to land at JKIA are being diverted to Moi International Airport, Mombasa and Kisumu International Airport.

The cause of the fire was not immediately established but major services were affected and staff were evacuated.

Officials at the Kenya Airports Authority, which runs the airport, said no injury has been reported.

President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the airport to inspect damage caused by fire.

Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau said JKIA has been closed indefinitely and efforts were being made to evacuate the airport.

Interior & Coordination of National Government Joseph Ole Lenku said security has been heightened at the airport and efforts were being done to ensure operations resume as soon as possible.

“We will try our best to open the airport as it cannot be close for long but we cannot compromise security,” he said.

He said flights coming into JKIA have been diverted to Mombasa and transiting passengers have been taken to hotels.

http://standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000090335&story_title=jkia-closed-after-fire-breaks-out-at-arrival-terminal

 

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