Kerenga airstrip in Kericho County to be expanded

Plans are underway to expand Kerenga airstrip in Kericho County at a cost of S00, 000 million, Kericho governor Paul Chepkwony

said.

Chepkwony said the soon to start expansion programme would be undertaken in phases starting with the expansion of the runway from

the current 1.2 to 3.7 kilometres.

Talking to the press in his office Saturday, the governor said on completion, the airstrip would accommodate more and larger passenger and

cargo aircrafts.

The governor said the expansion would undoubtedly enhance economic activities in the entire south rift region.

Currently, the airstrip is used only by small airplanes while spraying the expansive Unilever Tea Company’s plantations.

Chepkwony called on farmers and business community in the region to ensure they utilise the airstrip fully once completed.

He assured wananchi that on completion, the airstrip would be a major transit point for westward bound airplanes.

Currently, the nearest commercial airports to Kericho residents are in Kisumu and Eldoret towns.

Source: Kenya News Agency