While passengers of Kenya Airways and the airline’s SkyTeam partners already enjoy a new arrival terminal do travelers flying to Nairobi on other airlines still use the converted parking garage, which was turned into an arrival facility with immigration and customs and baggage delivery after the devastating fire on August 2013 destroyed the main arrival hall.
This long lasting temporary measure however is soon coming to an end when the brand new Terminal 1E will open while the present facility will revert to a parking garage.
Yesterday did the Kenya Airport Authority run final tests when flights from Johannesburg and Dubai were processed at the new terminal. 18 immigration counters should ensure speedy processing and five baggage carousels ensure that bags get to their owners with minimum delay. 6 customs checkpoints then also help to have travelers get out of the airside section faster than before, improving the overall experience of passengers arriving in Nairobi.
This will provide a major boost to the destination as arrival numbers have progressively risen over the past few months and more and more tourists are returning to Kenya following sustained marketing campaigns run by the Kenya Tourism Board and the private sector.