KAA begins expanding Kisumu airport ahead of Africities conference

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KAA begins expanding Kisumu airport ahead of Africities conference


KAA General Manager Alex Gitari. PICTURES | NMG

Summary

  • The new airport, which will double its current capacity when completed, is expected to be ready for operation within the next 90 days.
  • KAA Managing Director Mr. Alex Gitari said on Friday that all the necessary preparations have been put in place to ensure the construction goes smoothly.

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has launched the expansion of Kisumu International Airport in preparation for the May 2022 Africities conference.

The new airport, which will double its current capacity when completed, is expected to be ready for operation within the next 90 days.

KAA Managing Director Mr. Alex Gitari said on Friday that all the necessary preparations have been put in place to ensure the construction goes smoothly.

“We have identified a serious contractor who has given us the assurance that the new airport will be ready before the summit,” Gitari said.

Construction will be undertaken by China Jiangxi International Economic and Technical Cooperation for 240 million shillings.

Mr Gitari, who was speaking at the groundbreaking, said the airport would undergo a major upgrade, including the construction of a mezzanine in the passenger terminal to increase its capacity.

“We will also expand the existing passenger terminal to provide an additional gate area and arrival hall, as well as quality parking for landslide vehicles,” Gitari said.

The upgrade will enable the airport to be competitive in the region and globally.

The airport handles domestic flights for airlines such as Kenya Airways,

Jambojet, Fly540, Air Renegade Air Kenya, Safarilink Aviation and 748 Airline.

Over time, however, the facility continued to see an increase in passenger traffic, seeing 500,000 new passengers per year.

“Due to the increase in passenger numbers, there was a need to expand the airport to comfortably accommodate its users,” said Selina Gor, director of Kisumu Airport Authority.

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