Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is an international airport in Nairobi, the capital of and largest city in Kenya. The airport has scheduled flights to destinations in over 50 countries. The airport is named after Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president and prime minister. The airport served over 7 million passengers in 2016, making it the seventh busiest airport in passenger traffic on the continent. It is the hub for Kenya Airways.
Plans for the airport were drawn up in 1953, work started in 1954, and by mid-1957 it was found possible to bring the operational date forward to mid-March 1958. On 9 March 1958, Embakasi Airport (now JKIA) was opened.