Rendering of aerial view of new Jomo Kenyatta Airport terminal, shaped like an elongated X.

Courtesy of Pascall+Watson Architects, Ltd.

Upgrading Kenya’s principal aviation facility

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, located in Embakasi, a suburb of Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, is one of the busiest aviation facilities in all of Africa, serving more than 5 million passengers annually.

Nairobi is an economic hub experiencing a rapid increase in modern services and technology. The Kenya Airports Authority needed to expand the country’s current aviation facilities to meet growing capacity demand – most notably at its principal aviation facility in Nairobi.

Louis Berger has worked at the airport since 2008, when the firm developed the National Airports System Plan for this and several other facilities throughout the country. The primary objectives of the plan involved guiding Kenya’s aviation industry through the year 2030 and making the best use of existing airport facilities.

Following the successful completion of the National Airports System Plan, Louis Berger, in association with Ammann & Whitney and Runji & Partners Ltd., was selected to provide consultancy services and construction supervision of the greenfield terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The construction of the new facility aims to improve the airport’s capacity for growth and operational efficiency as well as enhance safety and security.

The new 178,000-square-meter terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport will comprise a central passenger processing center, an airside concourse with contact gates equipped with passenger boarding bridges, airline lounges, baggage-handling systems, staff offices and concession areas.

The expansion of the facility is expected to increase the airport's capacity to 13 million passengers annually.