Nairobi’s International Airport Closed After Fire
Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the largest airport in East Africa, was shut down after a fire broke out that engulfed the international arrivals area.
The fire reportedly started at 5 a.m., a particularly busy period at the airport, with a high number of flights scheduled. Kenyan authorities reported that the fire was contained within several hours, but the Associated Press later said that the fire had completely gutted the international arrivals hall including the immigration and baggage areas.
Passengers were forced to wait outside the airport with their luggage while fire crews fought the blaze. Flights were diverted to an airport in Mombasa, a city on the Indian Ocean coast
Authorities were not able to say when the airport might reopen.
Two days earlier, a problem with a fuel jet pump forced flights to be diverted from the Nairobi airport to other regional airports, according to reports by Reuters, including Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is located in Embakasi, a suburb of Nairobi, and is roughly nine miles (15 kilometers) from the city’s center. The airport, previously called Nairobi International Airport, is named after the first Kenyan prime minister and president, Jomo Kenyatta