Flights from Nairobi resume after blaze

AFP-JIJI

International flights resumed at Nairobi airport Thursday, a day after a huge fire gutted the arrivals terminal, with the government saying it expects normal operations from midnight.

Wednesday’s blaze forced the cancellation or diversion of scores of flights at East Africa’s biggest transport hub.

Using the domestic terminal for passengers instead of the fire-damaged international hall, Kenya Airways flights from London and Bangkok were the first to land safely. A temporary terminal will be set up in the coming days to bridge the gap until terminal 4, which is currently under construction and scheduled for completion next March, is ready.

The site of the blaze has been completely roped off, and the authorities had not yet been able to assess the amount of damage caused.