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Cargo, domestic flights cleared for takeoff at JKIA

Updated Wednesday, August 7th 2013 at 13:59 GMT +3
President Uhuru Kenyatta at JKIA [Photo: PSCU]

By Standard Digital Reporter and PSCU

Nairobi, Kenya: Domestic and cargo flights have been cleared for takeoff at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after Wednesday morning fire.

International flights have not yet been cleared. However, the airportâs Unit 3 will be used for international arrivals and departures.

Earlier, a statement from the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) had indicated that domestic flights will resume at 3pm.

PSCU stated that a time-frame for the resumption of international flights will be relayed later.

âThe Kenya Civil Aviation has granted clearance for the use of Unit 3 for international departures and arrivals,â the statement read in part.

The cargo and domestic flights will operate from the Cargo terminal.

President Uhuru Kenyatta toured the airport Wednesday morning to assess the damage.

ÂâTo the thousands of passengers, including tourists, whose journeys were disrupted, the President shares your concerns and regrets the inconvenience,â read a statement from State House.

The fire broke out at JKIAâs arrival terminal at around 5am causing the airport to be closed.

All departures were cancelled while flights were diverted to other airports.

Help lines have been set up where those who wish to get further information have been asked to call 0734104747.

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