More than two-thirds of Kenya's new Nairobi International Airport is now completed though work fell behind schedule at one stage.
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Background: More than two-thirds of Kenya's new Nairobi International Airport is now completed though work fell behind schedule at one stage.
The airport, which is being built at a cost of 20-million pounds, is expected to be ready by the end of next year. The major part of the money has come from the World Bank which signed a loan agreement with the Kenyan Government in 1972 for 29 million U.S. dollars (about 14 million pounds sterling).
The construction work includes a terminal building to accommodate a flow of one thousand arriving and one thousand departing passengers an hour.
The new airport is in keeping with Kenya's claim of being one of the most air-minded countries in Africa, matched probably only by South Africa.
The need to maintain this commanding position was recognised by the Government as far back as 1968 when it appointed a firm of consulting engineers to report on the development of air traffic in the Nairobi area.
After receiving the reports of the consulting engineers, the Government started discussions with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, leading up to the World Bank loan in 1972.