Ksh 350 Million For Wilson Airport Face-lift

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KAA Says The Money Will Increase Capacity For The Airport That Now Receives 1 million Visitors Annually

KShs 350 million will be spent by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) to fix potholes at Wilson Airport in a move aimed at reducing increasing number of plane mishaps at the facility.

Kenya Civil Aviation Authority director-general Gilbert Kibe in a statement he said that most important works on the project will start once local firms with planes exceeding seven tonnes operating at Wilson airport move to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Nairobi, though he did not give a specific timeline within which he expects work on the project to be finished.

Local air operators have pointed at the potholed runways as the cause of the punctures at the airport that have led to some planes skidding off the runways.

The most recent incident, which took place a few weeks ago, involved a SafariLink plane carrying 10 passengers which veered off the runway after a tyre burst, leading to the closure of the airport for 30 minutes.

Passenger traffic at Wilson Airport rose by 27.8 percent to an all -time high of 528,000 passenger in 2017, from 413,146 in 2016, official data shows.

Traffic to the airport, Kenya’s second busiest, increased by 53 percent to 100,000 in 2017 from 65,000 in 2008.

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Timothy Omondi