As Kenyan Airport Burns, Keynesians Predict Economic Boost

If destruction is nothing but a boost to the economy as the global Keynesian brotherhood of voodoo priests believes, than Kenyan (not to be confused with Keynesian of course) GDP is about to go vertical.

From Reuters:

A fire engulfed Kenya's main airport on Wednesday forcing the closure of a vital travel and trade gateway to east Africa.

 

Flames from the inferno lit up the early morning sky, and the intense heat repeatedly drove back firefighters. A huge plume of black smoke billowed from the airport buildings, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or injuries.

 

Hundreds of passengers were stranded outside Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital Nairobi, which was cordoned off to keep the public out after the fire started early in the morning in the arrivals and immigration area, officials said.

 

The cause of the worst fire in record at east Africa's busiest airport was not yet known.

 

"We are still fighting to contain the fire. Investigations will start immediately after," Michael Kamau, cabinet secretary for transport, told reporters at the airport.

 

"The fire started at a very central part of the airport and this made access difficult. But we have closed the airport indefinitely as we try to contain the fire."

 

One passenger at the airport said he heard two small explosions from the international arrival area, then sirens.

 

"I was waiting for my flight around 5 a.m. (0200 GMT / 10:00 p.m. Tuesday EDT) when I heard two explosions, as if from gas cylinder or electricity fault," said the passenger, a Kenyan who requested anonymity.

 

"Within minutes, the entire airport was secured by police and Kenya airport authority personnel, who ordered everybody out of the airport," he said.

 

The airport buildings were ravaged by the fire. Television pictures showed desks that had been reduced to charcoal inside the burned out terminal. The roof had partly caved in, and the floor was flooded with water from fire fighters.

 

Transport secretary Kamau said no plane had landed or departed since the fire started, and said he could not give any indication of when the airport would reopen. Airlines that wanted to take off without passengers have been allowed to do so, he said.

 

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Airlines are expected to divert flights to Kenya's port city of Mombasa, Eldoret in the northwest and Kisumu in the west, as well as to neighboring countries including Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

 

Cabinet Secretary for the Interior Joseph ole Lenku said security had been heightened at the airport after the fire started.

 

"People should not come to the airport while this work is ongoing. No casualties have been reported and the fire fighters are doing a good job. Safety is paramount," he said.

 

Kenya Airways, one of the leading airlines in the region which uses the airport as its main hub, said it was diverting flights to Mombasa and that transit passengers were being taken to hotels. Other flights had been cancelled.

 

Shares in the airline fell 2 percent.

In the meantime, the Chinese colonization of Africa was unfazed as the new continental overlords will simply find other ports of entry into east Africa.

Regardless, through destruction, burning airports and broken windows everywhere to even untolder economic growth, comrades.