Kenya Airports Authority has set up plans to construct a new airstrip in Mandera and Eldas. The authority further plans to construct a new parallel runway and associated taxi ways in Kitale airstrip.The Suneka airstrip is also in the pipeline for a major renovation. The airports authority is planning to tap into the domestic air travels and open up regions for economic developments as the number of passengers is also set to increase.
“The airstrips will be based at Mandera- Wargadud and Eldas,The renovation of Suneka airstrip is also underway,” said acting general manager of procurement and logistics Margaret Muraya. The expected airstrips at Mandera – Wargadud and Eldas, will have runways of 4.2KM and 3.0KM respectively. While in Kitale, 1.7Km new runway will be built parallel to the existing one to accommodate more air crafts landings and take-offs. The Kitale airstrip is expected to open up the North Rift area especially with the recent findings of oil in Turkana County.
Most airports and airstrips have recorded a high number of passengers in the region. With Eldoret International Airport and the Kisumu International Airport registering the highest growth in passenger traffic at 15.1 per cent and 9.9 per cent respectively.
Airlines such as Skyward Airline has extended its operation to Turkana county targeting the increased number of investors to the area who are in search of oil- related deals. The airline has become the fifth in the region. The airline targets the increasing number of passengers especially the investos that frequent the area in search of oil-related deals.