A fire engulfed Kenya’s main airport on Wednesday, forcing the indefinite suspension of international passenger flights and choking the busiest gateway to east Africa, Reuters reported from NAIROBI, Wed Aug 7, 2013 13:27 GMT. The intense heat repeatedly drove back firefighters who battled for five hours to put out the fire. It’s the worst on record at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The blaze stranded thousands of passengers at the airport. The export-driven business (mainly flowers and tea) and tourism are leading sources of foreign exchange for Kenya. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Business travellers and tourists were diverted to other airports in the region. Foreign carriers using the terminal include Emirates, British Airways, Qatar, KLM), Turkish Airways, South African Airlines and Ethiopian airlines.