Ukunda Airstrip upgrade to boost tourism

The ongoing expansion of Ukunda Airstrip in South Coast will greatly boost tourism and spur investment in Kwale County, Governor Salim Mvurya has said.

Mr. Mvurya said once the project is over, wide-bodied aircraft would be able to land at the facility.

He said the region had won accolades for having one of the best tourist destinations singling out Diani resort town and beaches.

Mr. Mvurya was speaking Tuesday during the launch of Silverstone Airlines in Kwale, which will fly passengers in and out of Ukunda from Nairobi on a daily basis at a competitive fare of Sh4500.

The recognition of Ukunda as a key airline route blends well with our objective as a county to open up Kwale for business whereby tourism ranks topmost, he said.

He said the county will continue to partner with airline services companies and the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) among other stakeholders to make the region a destination of choice for both local and international tourists.

The Silverstone Airlines operates from Wilson Airport and will be flying to Ukunda twice daily, according to its Managing Director, Captain Mohammed Sugow.

Being a top airline alone is not enough. Good airport infrastructure is critical to complete travel experience, he said.

KAA Managing Director Mr. Jimmy Kibati said Ukunda Airstrip had recorded a 17 per cent passenger traffic growth for the last one year noting that its expansion was in top gear.

Mr. Kibati said the government was committed to the modernisation and expansion programme in major airstrips in all counties to promote domestic travel Services.

Source: Kenya News Agency