Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) - The Pride of Africa
Jomo Kenyatta International Airportis an international airport in Nairobi Kenya. Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. It is the largest city in Kenya. The airport is in the Embakasi area. Jomo Kenyatta airport is 15 kilometers southeast of central business district. It has scheduled flights to over 50 countries. The airport has scheduled flights to destinations in over 50 countries. The name of airport is in honor of the founding Father of the Nation of Kenya, the Late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. It serves an average of 5.8 million passengers per year. This has made the airport the ninth busiest airport in Africa. The airport is the main hub of Kenyan flag carrier Kenya Airways, Fly540, and African Express Air.
The location of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is strategic. It is in a city where there is a national park. The area within the airport is amazing and breath taking. The services offered by the airport are top class. It has duty free shops which you can shop anything. The security is top-notch. The security officers are good and well trained. The hospital at the airport has several facilities to aid in case of an emergency. The airport has disability friendly facilities to aid disabled passengers.
The airport opened its doors in 1958. Colonial governor Sir Evelyn Baring conducted the opening ceremony. The airport at the time had Embakasi as its official name. In 1964, after independence, the name of the airport changed to Nairobi international airport. In 1972, the construction of a new terminal started. World Bank funded the project. The construction ended in March 1978 and the president at the time, Mzee Kenyatta opened it. It renamed to Jomo Kenyatta International airport to honor the president when he died on 22nd of August that year. The airport has five terminals, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, and 1E.
Major fleets that use the Jomo Kenyatta International airport include the Boeing birds and Airbuses. Some fleets like Cessna and piper transport few passengers within Kenya. The airlines that own these fleets are, African Express,Air Arabia, Air Mauritius, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Condor. Others include, Daallo Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Fly SAX, Fly540, Jambo Jet, Kenya Airways, Juba Airways, KLM, LAM, Mozambique Airlines, Precision Air, Qatar Airways, RwandaAIR, Saudia, South African Airways, Swiss InternationalAir Lines, Turkish Airlines, and Yemenia. These airlines ply their roots worldwide.
The airport has worn several awards since it began its services. Some of the awards are:
· In 2015 and 2011, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport won the Star Times International Award for excellence in Air cargo in Africa.
· In 2014, the airport got rating as the fifth best airport in Africa. That was according to Airport Council International (ACI).
· This Kenyan Airport, won the award as the best marketers in Africa duringAfrican heat of the World Routes Airport Marketing Awards 2013.
Routes and destination
The airport has scheduled flights to destinations in over 50 countries. The airport is a hub to airlines like, Fly540 and Jumbo Jet that strictly operate within Kenya and neighboring countries. Fly540 fly its passengers within Kenya and neighbor countries like Zanzibar, Tanzania, Uganda, and Mauritius. Jumbo Jet only plies its routes to cities like Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu. Other airlines offer international flights. Some of the airlines destinations are, Mogadishu, Khartoum, London, Dubai, Tokyo, New York, Durban, Lagos, Johannesburg, Copenhagen, Beijing, And many other destinations. The airport is a hub to airlines that fly nearly all continents.
Why fly using the airport
How to check in
The checks in methods available are online, mobile app and personal check in. The mobile app check-in involves the use of a smart phone. Airlines like Kenya Airways offer travelers a Smartphone application download. When the passenger downloads the app, he or she can use it to check in. The online method involves use of an internet and computer. The traveler logs in his or her details at the airport’s website and checks in. The personal check demands passengers to be at the airport physically. The mobile and online check in is more convenient than personal check in.
Baggage and allowance
All airlines at the airport have their baggage weight limit. However, majority of airlines like the Emirates, Etihad, and Kenya Airways offer a limit of 50 kilograms per person. They offer allowance to personal items like the wheelchair, baby pram, laptop, and crutches.
All airlines have different booking fees. The booking fee is however, dependent on the class. Business class will cost more as compared to economy class. In addition, seats will also determine the booking fee. Seats near the isle and exit will cost more. There are however low cost flights like the jumbo jet and fly540. These airlines have low cost booking but no special treatment onboard. Such treatment includes food and drinks.
Airlines like Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Fly SAX,and many other airlines charges more on seats near the exit. However, all the airlines at the airport offer a seat booking option. The traveler can book for up to seven seats. This option can enable a person travelling, to book seats for his family. They can as well seat together. The person booking the seats will however have to confirm a week prior to travelling.