Nairobi Airport Reopens After Fire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - An official in Kenya says that Nairobi's main airport has reopened for domestic and cargo flights following a huge fire that destroyed the airport's international arrivals hall.

Michael Kamau, the cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure, said plans are under way to change another of the airport's units into an international terminal so those flights can resume as well.

Today's early-morning fire raged for more than four hours before it was brought under control. No serious injuries were reported.


NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Firefighters are battling a large blaze raging at Kenya's main international airport.

The Kenya Airports Authority says the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has been closed until further notice so that emergency teams can battle the fire. Billowing smoke could be seen from miles (kilometers) away.

Associated Press reporters at the scene described the blaze as huge and said it appeared the fire had gutted the international arrivals area, where passengers pass through immigration and retrieve their luggage.

Stranded passengers stood on sidewalks outside the airport holding their luggage.

Inbound flights have been rerouted to other Kenyan airports.

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