ISIOLO (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday
commissioned the Isiolo International Airport, opening up the northern tourist
circuit to help increase the number of visitors in the country.
Kenyatta said the airport, which is part of the Lamu Port-South
Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project, will also boost the economy
for the benefit of the residents.
"This airport is a catalyst to economic development that will come with the
expansion of tourism and creation of quality job opportunities," he said.
LAPSSET is an economic and transport corridor that stretches from Lamu port
in the coastal Kenya to South Sudan and Ethiopia.
The new airport, which is developed and managed by the Kenya Airports
Authority (KAA), is Kenya’s fifth international airport and is expected to
promote development in the vast region.
The project will involve the construction of a Passenger Terminal Building
covering a floor area of 4,800 sq. m. and with a throughput capacity of 125,000
The airport, which is aimed at unlocking regional economic potentials, is
strategically located for miraa (khat), beef and fresh produce exports from
Kenya’s Lower Eastern region.
The ultra-modern airport, which is located in Isiolo County with half of the
runway extending to Meru County, covers an area of 329.76 hectares and is
elevated about 3501 feet above sea level.
Its runway is 1.4 km long with a new apron that can handle six Code "C"
Its passenger terminal building has a floor area of 5,000 square meters while
its passenger terminal car park has a capacity to accommodate 200 cars.
Kenyatta said the airport will open up access to the beautiful northern Kenya
tourism attractions, which include eco-tourism, rich cultural heritage, national
reserves, private ranches and wildlife conservancies.
The terminal building amenities include nine check-in counters (domestic and
international), a VIP lounge, restaurants, duty free shops, banking facilities,
forex bureaus, airline front offices and shops.
Under Vision 2030, Kenya’s long term national development plan, Isiolo has
been identified to host one of the five resort cities that will be set up as
President Kenyatta Commissions Isiolo International Airport
Photos of the new ultra modern Isiolo International Airport
Kenya Airports Authority launch Isiolo International Airport