KQ migrates all its international flight departures to Terminal 1A

The new terminal is the first development that the airport has undergone since it was unveiled in the 1970’s. (PIX: Courtesy)

All Kenya Airways (KQ) international flights will now depart from the newly constructed state of the art Terminal 1A that features improved security and luggage handling.

The new terminal will separates arrival and departing passengers and allows self check in like other mordern international airports.

The migration process started last year when 80pc of all KQ international flights to London migrated to the new terminal in 2014, while the other 20pc flights to West Africa and Central Africa remained.

A statement from KQ said flights to Douala, Lubumbashi, Brazzaville, Cotonou, Accra, Abidjan, Bamako, Abuja, Lagos and Dakar will now depart from Terminal 1A, domestic flights remain in Terminal 1D.

The new terminal has a centralised security screening area complete with full body scanners which means that passengers will not be subjected to further screening at the boarding gates.

Other features of the terminal include the separation of arrival and departure wings, 32 check in counters, seven boarding bridges and an automated baggage handling system.

The new terminal will make the handling of passengers and luggage more efficient. (PIX: (Courtesy).
The new terminal will make the handling of passengers and luggage more efficient.
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The terminal, which has been under construction since 2006 was finished last year and is exclusively used by Kenya Airways and its Sky Team partner airlines.

The new terminal is the first development that the airport has undergone since it was unveiled in the 1970’s.

It was constructed by the Wu Yi Company of China with an architects consortium of Queen’s Quay Architects International Inc. and Mueller International Inc. consulting for the project.