The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, also known as the Nairobi International Airport was formerly known as the Embakasi Airport. Located in a suburb 15 kilometers to the south-east of Nairobi City which is the capital of the East African country of Kenya, it is the 6th busiest airport in the entire African continent. Situated at an elevation of 5,327 feet above mean sea level, it is a joint, civil and military airport operated by the Kenya Airports Authority.
Extensively spread over a mammoth 4,472.7 hectare area, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is located on the eastern side of the Mombasa Highway as it moves out of Nairobi. With a 13,507 feet asphalt runway capable of handling all varieties of aircrafts, this is Kenya’s largest aviation facility with three passenger terminal-units is serving over 5 million passengers every year. The former Embakasi Terminal which now serves as a full fledged Cargo Complex is also being used as a Kenya Air Force training facility.
The airline check-in counters at this airport operate on a Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE) system with immigration desks at the ground floor where passengers are cleared to proceed, using escalators and lifts to the departure lounge on the first floor. The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is fully equipped modern facility with automatic baggage conveyer belts and Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS). It is having sufficient restaurants, pubs, cafeteria, snack-bars and beverage serving vending machines to fulfill passenger requirements. Banking facilities, information desks, tour operators and hotel booking services are also available for the convenience of passengers. Car-hire services, private taxis and a scheduled bus service are also available outside the terminal for comfortable transfer to downtown Nairobi from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.