KAA warns of long queues, processing time at JKIA Terminal 1A

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A file photo of vehicles being inspected at JKIA's main entrance.
A file photo of vehicles being inspected at JKIA's main entrance. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Kenya Aviation Authority has advised international travelers to arrive at least three hours prior to their planned departure with the regulator expecting longer processing times and passenger queues at JKIA’s departure Terminal 1A.

The situation, which will affect operations during the peak hours of 8 pm to -11pm has been attributed to augmented health screening procedures implemented to monitor new COVID-19 infections.

“The unavailability of JKIA’s Terminals 1B & 1C which are at advanced stages of refurbishment has compounded the situation,” KAA said in a statement on Tuesday

“The Authority, in conjunction with various stakeholders. A multi-agency facilitation team comprising among others, Port health, Airport Police & Immigration has been instituted & tasked to respond to issues of passenger facilitation, processing & queue management.”

Passengers requiring special attention or those traveling with children will be given priority in terms of facilitation according to KAA. A number of international flights have also been moved from T1A to T2

“Deployment levels for Port Health & airline staff involved in document checks has been scaled up. KAA is also prioritising the ongoing refurbishment of JKIA’s Terminal 1B & C for completion within the next three months,” KAA added.

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