In Kenya, President Daniel Arap Moi opened the new international airport near Nairobi on Friday (8 December).
In Kenya, President Daniel Arap Moi opened the new international airport near Nairobi on Friday (8 December). With connections to more than seventy cities throughout the world, Nairobi has become one of the aviation hubs of Africa. A continual increase in both passenger and aircraft traffic over the last twenty years has made the expansion of airport facilities necessary.
SYNOPSIS: In February 1972, the Kenyan government signed an agreement with the World Bank for a loan of twenty-nine million United States dollars towards the financing of modern airport facilities. The chosen plan consists of a circular departure building and a centralised arrivals building. Up to ten Boeing 747's and nine smaller domestic-type aircraft can park there at any one time.
President Daniel Arap Moi was greeted by the Minister of Power and Communications, Mr Omolo Okero, the Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant-General J.K. Mulinge, and the Director of Aerodromes, Mr A.M. Nderi. Before President Moi addressed the official guests, they were entertained by a programme of traditional dance and music.
Almost two million passengers are expected to pass through the new airport this year. These figures show the growth of tourism and international travel which is expected to continue escalating in Kenya until 1990, when the airport's five million passenger capacity will be reached.
After a tour of the new airport, President Moi unveiled the commemorative plaque which honoured the late Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta. The new airport has been described as one of the most modern and beautiful in Africa. The Minister for Power and Communications said the Kenyan government sees the airport as one part of an integrated transport system needed for national development.