Kenya airport reopens after fire

Nairobi's international airport has reopened for domestic, cargo flights after a huge blaze broke out at the arrivals hall, a Kenyan official said.

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Nairobi domestic terminal to be used for foreign flights

The small domestic terminal at Nairobi's international airport will be prepared for international flights from Thursday, a government minister said.

Michael Kamau, cabinet secretary for transport, said: "From tomorrow we will be preparing this unit as an international terminal for departures and arrivals.

""We started pitching tents on the airside for handling departing passengers."

Flights from Nairobi airport to resume later today

The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was engulfed in flames earlier today.
The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was engulfed in flames earlier today. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

The Kenyan government has confirmed domestic and international cargo flights will resume later today following a fire at the country's main airport in Nairobi.

"We expect cargo and domestic services to resume from this airport this afternoon. They will operate from the cargo terminal," said Manoah Esipisu, a spokesman for the presidency.

Video: Transport Secretary to launch investigation into fire

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Transport Secretary to launch investigation into fire

Kenya's Transport Cabinet Secretary, Michael Kamau, has said an investigation will take place into how the fire at the country's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi started.

The airport has closed after the large fire in the internationals arrival hall which has forced inbound flights to be rerouted.

Local reports say that the fire is now under control.

Read: Black smoke billows from arrivals hall at Nairobi airport

Black smoke billows from arrivals hall at Nairobi airport

A passenger on a plane at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi photographed the dark black smoke billowing from the arrivals hall.

Julian Kyula wrote on Twitter: "Just landed. We have to stay in plane for a couple of hours due to JIKA fire. Praying for those working to put fire out and any injured.

"We are a good distance from the fire-we're watching it from very far."

Julian Kyula tweeted a picture of the fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from his plane. Credit: @JulianKyula

Massive fire engulfs Nairobi international airport

A massive fire engulfed the arrivals hall at Kenya's international airport in Nairobi, forcing it to close and all inbound flights to be rerouted.

A massive fire engulfed the arrivals hall at Nairobi international airport. Credit: APTN
Dark black smoke billowed as emergency teams tackled the blaze. Credit: APTN
The Kenya Airports Authority said the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport had been closed until further notice. Credit: APTN
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