Security: Considered good: armed officers, secured areas, detectors and CCTV. Aircraft guards can be arranged through airport security department.
Ground Transportation: All types; have handlers or hotel arrange vetted cars.
Distance and driving time to downtown: 25-40 min., depending on rush periods
Remarks: Ground handling equipment generally available at HKJK except portable air conditioning units. Luxury hotels available in Nairobi proper.
BCA appreciates the assistance it received for this report from Jeppesen flight planning services.
Close your eyes and think: “Nairobi.” What images does that name conjure? An exotic frontier town occupied by a mix of races embracing native, Asian and European cultures? The romantic gateway to East Africa? The Veldt? Safaris? Wondrous animals? Generations of Leakeys uncovering the bones of proto-humans in the nearby Great Rift Valley? Birthplace of humanity?
Nairobi is the portal to all these things — wrapped up in a modern, vibrant, sometimes argumentative (especially during election season) metropolis. Today, it is not only the capital and largest city of the Republic of Kenya, but with a population of 3.1 million people, Nairobi reigns as the largest city in East Africa. Additionally, it serves as the region's financial center and a magnet for business.
The city is host to hundreds of local businesses as well as headquarters for African divisions of many international corporations, including Cisco Systems, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Pfizer, General Electric, Visa and Intel. Reflecting the business climate, the Nairobi Stock Exchange is one of the largest and oldest on the African continent. Significantly, too, the African and Middle Eastern headquarters of the United Nations is permanently based in Nairobi.