A huge fire has broken out at the main international airport in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is in flames following a fire that started between 4-5 Am . This fire is believed to have started at the custom section spreading from Arrival immigration and to one of the departure terminals as well leaving these sections devastated leading to the closure of the this Airport.
All flights have been diverted to Mombasa and Eldoret airports and in case these Airports are not enough, then some flights will be diverted to Entebbe and Kigali Airports.
Cabinet secretary for transport Michael Kamau said the fire was “very severe” and urged people to stay away from the airport.
The interior ministry tweeted that an evacuation of the entire airport was under way, with only essential personnel remaining.
There have been no reports of any casualties and the cause of the fire is not clear.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is an important regional hub for East Africa, with many long-distance flights landing there to connect to countries across the region.
Dark smoke could be seen billowing into the sky across much of Nairobi and shocked would-be passengers stood outside the airport, bags in hand, watching the blaze.
A statement from the airport authority said: “We confirm reports of a fire at JKIA affecting part of [the] international arrivals building and Unit 1 departures.
“KAA Fire and Rescue Team is on [the] ground being assisted by G4S and Nairobi Fire Brigade. Passengers have been evacuated to safety.”
Mutea Iringo, a senior official at the interior and national co-ordination ministry, also confirmed “a serious fire” at JKIA, adding: “We are doing everything possible to avert a crisis.
“Apart from emergency landings, all flights into and out of JKIA have been cancelled… [the] airport has been shut down.”
Cabinet secretary for transport Mr Kamau urged people not to obstruct the work of the emergency services.
“They should allow the emergency work to continue and we kindly request even spectators, people who just want to watch, they should just keep off.”