A large blaze on Wednesday damaged the international airport in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, forcing the airport to close.

The airport reopened for domestic and cargo flights, but international traffic is still suspended at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

In a statement, President Uhuru Kenyatta, who visited the scene Wednesday, said that the fire has been contained and that its cause is being investigated. There have been no reports of casualties.

Terminals 2 and 3 are being prepared to temporarily accommodate international arrivals, as both have immigration facilities, said Ashish Sanghrajka, president of Big Five Tours & Expeditions.

“We are expecting international arrivals to resume by Friday,” added Sanghrajka.

Incoming flights were being diverted to the coastal city of Mombasa on Wednesday, news media reported.

Africa specialist AndBeyond sent an email to travelers and clients informing them of developments at the Nairobi airport.

According to tour operator, problems at the airport began on Tuesday, when it was closed due to a fuel shortage, which prohibited the departure of scheduled flights that afternoon. 

Tour operator Abercrombie & Kent said, "We had some arrivals into Nairobi in the morning and all guests met and dispatched as per itineraries but most were diverted to Mombasa, Eldoret and Kilimanjaro. Our guests are all accounted for, and morning departure guests were rebooked into the respective city hotels as we await further communication from the airport authorities."

Follow Michelle Baran on Twitter @mbtravelweekly. 


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