Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s (JKIA) Car Parking Garage has officially been opened to the public, says the Kenya Airports Authority.
The new facility is expected to ease congestion while enhancing the overall customer experience at the airport.
This comes after it was closed for renovation purposes. The parking had been converted into an arrivals section after Terminal 1 was destroyed by fire.
According to KAA, the facility is able to handle 1,300 additional parking spaces.
The reopening of the parking is expected to generate about 4 million shillings on average into the Kenya Airports Authority, which manages the facility.
JKIA was in February given Category One status following several audit processes by the US’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Earlier, Kenya had failed to meet a number of conditions, delaying commencement of flights in August 2016.
A key item on the audit has been security measures that Kenya has put in place to guarantee secure direct flights between the two countries.
The government has set aside 8.5 billion shillings for the modernization of JKIA in this year’s budget. The funds are to be used to expand terminals 1B, C and D. Plans are underway to build the second runway to enable the airport to handle larger aircraft.
A huge fire destroyed Terminal 1 in 2013, forcing KAA management to turn the garage into an arrival terminal as a temporary measure.