The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has finally responded to many airline passengers’ wishes and installed free Wi-Fi connectivity at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), a development that will enable those using the facility to stay connected and catch up with work or colleagues – either by responding to emails; submitting urgent reports and so on.
Kenya Aiports Authority through its official Twitter handle – @Kenya_Airports – announced on September 17 that “Arriving; Departing or Connecting” passengers will have access to free WiFi.
Further details about the WiFi connectivity – including the service provider – are still unknown. Those in the know say that various ISPs have previously approached KAA to work out a partnership for provision of free WiFi but the discussions never got off the ground.
Recently after fire incident at JKIA, Airtel Kenya – as part of its relief support to the affected travelers and rescue operations – announced that it would provide a high-powered Wi-Fi router in the new immigration area for passengers to access free data services.
But at this moment, it is still unclear whether it’s Airtel Kenya that has extended its free service that was initially part of the relief support or KAA has entered into a deal with a another service provider.
Thousands of passengers go through JKIA. According to KAA statistics, on average, 8,500 international passengers arrive at JKIA every day.