KENYAN GOVT TO UPGRADE ISIOLO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO ATTRACT MAJOR AIRLINES

NAIROBI, The Kenyan government plans to upgrade Isiolo International Airport, located in central Kenya about 280 kilometres north of here, by expanding and extending its runway in a bid to attract major airlines and meet international standards.

This was stated by the LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority Chairman, Francis Muthaura, who added that the authority was prioritizing the airport’s upgrading so that it would be completed within a reasonable time-frame to enable business to thrive and open up the region for more development.

The Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project is a transport and infrastructure project in Kenya which is envisaged to be the country’s second transport corridor. after the Mombasa-Uganda transport corridor which passes through Nairobi and much of the Northern Rift region of the country.

Currently, just one passenger airline operates at the airport because of its short runway and lack of cargo handling facilities. The 2.5 billion shillings (about 24.3 million US dollar) Isiolo International Airport was officially launched in midd-2017 and was expected to open up the northern Kenya tourism circuit and boost the region’s economy.

Local community leaders now want the runway extended from the current 1,400 metres to at least 3,000 metres and the airport’s lighting to be improved.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK