The Government has announced new security measures at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) as the country gears up for roll-out of direct flights to the United States.
The entire security system has been overhauled and more strict measures adopted in a bid to seal all loopholes.
Speaking after a security assessment tour on Thursday, the Interior Cabinet Secretary(CS), Dr. Fred Matiang’i said anyone who was is not supposed to be at the airport has been removed, while a section of the airport land that had been encroached has been recovered.
The CS cautioned all operators at the airport, like taxi firms to adhere to the new regulations set, saying there will be no compromise in ensuring Kenyans and those visiting are safe.
“More than five months to the much awaited maiden flight from the US to Kenya, the government is keen to improve services at JKIA after the facility was granted Category One status allowing direct flights to and from the US”, he said .
The CS was in the company of his counterparts in the Transport docket, James Macharia and Tourism, Najib Balala during the impromptu assessment to the largest airport in East Africa and a continental hub.
The America’s Federal Aviation Administration approved non-stop air travel between the two countries after an audit, which largely included evaluation of security, in a move that will cut the flight time between Nairobi and Washington DC by more than seven hours.
The three announced the formation of a committee that will involve the three ministries in order to fast-track and streamline operations at the JKIA.
The America’s Federal Aviation Administration approved non-stop air travel between the two countries after an audit, which largely included evaluation of security.
By Joyce Lutomia