Were Parking Rates at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Recently Revised?

This tweet posted on August 10, 2021 claims that parking rates at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) were revised. According to these claims, this allegedly resulted from occasional congestion caused by cars at drop-off and pick-up points.

Background

JKIA is the flagship airport of the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). It is the largest and busiest aviation facility in East Africa, according to KAA. Statistics from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority show that passenger traffic between 2017 and 2018, ranged between 10.1 and 11.8 million. 

Verification

From a reverse image search, this communication was made on April 11, 2018, in a tweet by the Kenya Airports Parking Services. These rates were set to take effect on April 15, 2018. A statement attached to the tweet stated that these rates were implemented to decongest the pick-up and drop-off zones. Also, allowing those seeking other services to park at designated areas. 

The parking rates range from Ksh100 for 0-20 minutes to Ksh500  for 1 – 2 hours. This was effected on saloons, mini-vans and pick-ups. 

A Google advanced search between April 10, 2018  and April 17, 2018 shows similar communication details shared by the Kenya Airports Authority on Twitter.

 

With the same keywords; ‘JKIA parking rates, results show that  Capital Fm published an article about these revised rates on April 11, 2018. This, however, was suspended after a petition filed in court challenged these rates on grounds that; they were exorbitant and exploitative to the general public.

Verdict

Claims that the JKIA revised their parking rates are FALSE.

This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.

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Nyakerario Omari

Nyakerario J. Omari is a Kenyan writer and journalist with a passion for in-depth stories told through documentaries. She has an interest in reporting matters concerning health, crime and human rights.