Jeremy Clarkson Declares JKIA Ultimate Example of Airport Inefficiency

British broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson is known to deliver brutal realities with the subtlety of a sledgehammer with a history of making headlines with his candid opinions.

Jeremy Clarkson Slams JKIA Airport in Nairobi
Jeremy Clarkson Slams JKIA Airport in Nairobi

Back in 2017, he took to social media to express his vexations with certain airports around the globe, including Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), which he included in his list of the top five ‘most annoying airports’.

His reasons, though not fully detailed, seemed to stem from personal experiences, including his distaste for the carpets at Atlanta’s airport.

Fast forward to the present, and Clarkson’s critique has evolved from annoyance to outright labeling JKIA as the “stupidest” airport.

And when Jeremy Clarkson, a man whose words carry the weight of a freight train, declares JKIA the “stupidest” airport in the world, you can bet your bottom dollar that the world sits up and listens.

The conversation began with Clarkson’s critique of Madrid’s airport, which he labeled as the “stupidest” in the world.

“Let’s have a group chat. What’s the stupidest airport in the world? I’ll go first. Madrid,” he posted.

The discussion quickly expanded as others joined in, sharing their own less-than-favorable airport experiences.

One user named Mark McAllister chimed in with the challenges faced at Lagos Nigeria’s airport, describing being stopped numerous times for no apparent reason.

“Lagos Nigeria, until you get stopped over 20 times between the door and your seat for no reason you can’t have a true appreciation for how terrible an airport can be,” he posted.


Clarkson acknowledged the difficulties at Lagos but not one to back down, he upped the ante by suggesting JKIA as the ultimate example of airport inefficiency.

“OK. I’ll take Lagos but if we are in Africa, I’ll raise you Nairobi.”

Clarkson’s critique, as viral as it is vitriolic, has opened the floodgates for a deluge of public scrutiny and put JKIA under a microscope.

The timing of his comments could not be more inopportune for the airport, which has recently grappled with literal floods, causing operational chaos and raising serious questions about its infrastructure, preparedness and response mechanisms.

In the eye of this storm stands Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen whose handling of the incidents at JKIA has been met with widespread criticism.

Murkomen’s attempts to downplay the severity of recent flooding at the airport have done little to quell the public’s concerns.

His promise of a new modern roof within a month has been met with skepticism, as critics question whether this is a genuine solution or a superficial placation.

Kenyan journalist Larry Madowo used his global platform to unearth past grievances about JKIA that predated his international acclaim.

He exposed a decade-long litany of infrastructural shortcomings at JKIA, thus painting a picture of systemic neglect.

In a series of exchanges with Murkomen, his pointed questions and unrelenting pursuit of accountability turned him into a folk hero for some and a thorn in the side for others.

The discourse surrounding JKIA is emblematic of a larger conversation about infrastructure and public service.

As the story continues to unfold, the focus remains on how authorities will address the issues at hand and whether the promised improvements will come to fruition.

For now, JKIA remains a focal point of international attention for all the wrong reasons.

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