Kenya Airways launches brand new ‘The Pride’ lounge at JKIA (Nairobi)

Kenya Airways has officially opened its state of the art lounge ‘The Pride’ at T1A terminal of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The lounge is an important asset to the new T1A terminal, as it offers a warm welcome to business travellers of Kenya Airways and its SkyTeam partners. The new lounge equals world-class standards of other lounges around the globe.

The Pride Lounge is one of the two lounge facilities in the ultramodern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). Pride Lounge and the smaller Simba Lounge – total combined capacity: 315 pax – provide unparalleled comfort and convenience. A warm welcome to first and business class passengers and Premier World and Sky Priority guests of Kenya Airways’ and SkyTeam partners (like Air France and KLM).

Unwind, work, freshen up

The Pride Lounge is a comfortable and relaxing place for guests to unwind, work, freshen up and rest before their travel or during transit. According to Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and CEO Dr. Titus Naikuni, the Pride Lounge features “a melting pot of African cultures as we further seek to enhance customer experience at our Nairobi Hub.”

African interior design, Italian touches

Set on a 991 square metres area, the new Pride Lounge at Terminal 1A features a circular layout overlooking the airside. The lounge features African cultural interior design complemented by contemporary Italian furniture and technology infrastructure such as free Wi-Fi, a sound proof transit passengers sleeping area, dining lounge, washrooms and showers. There is also plenty of space to get some work done. At the business centre, KQ guests will enjoy a new generation setting featuring a selection of tablets and E-readers. Guests that like to smoke, will certainly enjoy Kenyan hospitality in the lounge’s Cigar Room, with soft music in the background.


Launching an upscale lounge is an important milestone for the new T1A terminal that is operated exclusively for use by Kenya Airways and SkyTeam partners. The terminal has the capacity to handle peak hour traffic of 1,500 passengers, totaling 2.5 million passengers per year. The terminal will be fully operational by 2015 after completion.

Images by Kenya Airways (KQ)

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