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KAA to construct Ksh 3 Billions Nakuru Airport

By Susan Njire

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The Kenya Airports Authority KAA is set to begin constructing the Ksh 3 Billion Nakuru Airport after settling on a contractor.The project located at the 81Tanks Battalion barracks will see the Lanet airstrip elevated into a modern international airport which will be used by civilian aircraft.According to KAA, the airstrip will be upgraded in two phases in partnership with Nakuru county government.

Being funded by the government, the first phase of the project will consist of a 1.7km runway, rehabilitation of the existing runway to bitumen standards, erection of a fence, construction of taxiways,a terminal building,a power substation,a patrol road and military and civilian gates.The second phase will concentrate on expanding the runway from 1.7km to 3.6km thus ensuring the airport accommodates larger aircraft approximately 40 to 100 tonnes..

Nakuru banks on the airport which will open up the region to the world, to bolster it’s economy through enhanced tourism and more vibrant flower exports.On the other hand Naivasha being a cargo distribution point, will attract enormous growth of the hospitality industry, housing and transport sector.The upcoming airport will also boost Nakuru’s bid to become a commercial hub in the East Africa region which is picking steam with the construction of the Naivasha inland container Depot and the planned industrial part.

The new airport which will hold bigger cargo and passenger planes weighing approximately 40 to 100 tonnes will majorly facilitate international connectivity and transport.


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