• Short Summary

    Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta, on Tuesday (16 November), opened extensions to Nairobi's airport, where the first Jumbo Jet is expected next month.

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    Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta, on Tuesday (16 November), opened extensions to Nairobi's airport, where the first Jumbo Jet is expected next month. the 800,000 kenya pounds (about 880,000 pounds sterling) extensions include a new apron for Boeing 747's, extensions to taxiways, enlarged passenger lounges, a new state lounges for press interviews, mechanical baggage conveyors, and modernisation of the freight shed.

    In a speech at the opening ceremony, President Kenyatta said that long-term plans were underway for still further construction. He said final drawings were in preparation to bring Monbasa airport, on the coast, up to international standards.

    Last year Nairobi Airport handled 874,000 passengers. British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) is to begin flying Jumbo jets to Nairobi on II December.

    SYNOPSIS: At Nairobi's Embakasi Airport on Tuesday, President Jomo Kenyatta arrived to open the new airport extensions, which will serve the first Jumbo Jet expected next month. A large number of spectators and officials were on hand for the ceremony. president Kenyatta was greeted at the airport by kenya's Minister for Power and Communication, Ronald Ngala.

    The extensions serving Embakasi Airport were begun in 1969, after President Kenyatta had predicted the coming of Jumbo Jets and supersonic aircraft for Nairobi's airport.

    Mr. Ngala, the Minister for Power and Communications said that more tourists were coming to kenya and that the British Overseas Airways Corporation would start flying Jumbo Jets to Nairobi in December.

    President Kenyatta said that long-term plans for still further airport expansion are now well under way. In addition, he said, final drawings were in preparation to bring Mombasa's airport, on the coast, up to international standards. Unveiling a special plague, President Kenyatta said that Nairobi's airport had become a focal point of air communications within the whole of Africa, and stretching to all parts of Europe, North America and the Far East. Officials noted that last year, Embakasi Airport handled nearly nine-hundred-thousand passengers.

    The expansion at the airport includes a new apron for Jumbo Jets, extensions to taxiways, enlarged passenger lounges, a new state lounge for press interviews, mechanical baggage conveyors, and modernisation of the freight shed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA89947CUNQNB0BG9PV31W9SGTL
    Media URN:
    VLVA89947CUNQNB0BG9PV31W9SGTL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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