Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, formerly called Nairobi International Airport is one of Kenya's large aviation facilities and the airport that serves the country with the most international flights. The airport's IATA Airport Code is NBO while its ICAO code is HKJK.

Located in Nairobi, Kenya, it is named after Kenyan leader Jomo Kenyatta, and it is the hub for Kenya Airways. Before the 1970s the name of the airport was Embakasi reflecting the part of the city where it is located.

On 20 November 1974, a Lufthansa Boeing 747-130, D-ABYB, crashed on take off from the airport killing 59 of the 157 on board.

On 23 November, 1996, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961, which was on a Addis Ababa-Nairobi-Brazzaville-Lagos-Abidjan route, was hijacked after it entered Kenyan airspace. The hijackers demanded that the plane be flown to Australia, but the plane ran out of fuel and crashed in the Comoros Islands.

In 2000, a Kenya Airways plane heading to this airport crashed after take off from Côte d'Ivoire, killing 169 of the 179 passengers on board.

Airlines serving this airport

In addition, cargo services are flown by DAS Air Cargo, Evergreen International, Simba Air Cargo, TMA and Trans Arabian.

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