MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenya has embarked on a project to
refurbish and upgrade the country’s second largest airport to
attract more international flights.
cabinet secretary at the ministry of transport, said Tuesday the
7 billion shilling (about 69 million U.S. dollars) project at
the Moi International Airport in Mombasa will be undertaken for
"It is therefore of paramount importance that we continue to
invest in this airport to make sure that it maintains its
excellent safety record, and to enhance the efficiency of its
operations," Macharia said in Mombasa during the commissioning
of the project.
Macharia said the works include rehabilitation of the entire
runway pavements, reconstruction of some sections of the
taxiways and aprons, replacement of pre-cast concrete slabs
and installation of an elaborate lighting system.
Other works include drainage works improvement, slope and
The average lifespan of a runway is 20 to 25 years and the
last major rehabilitation was done in 1994.
Kenya Airports Managing Director Jonny Andersen said the
infrastructural projects will boost passenger numbers.
French development agency AFD will provide 65 million dollars
for the project; the World Bank provided 900,000 dollars for the
project’s consultancy services; Kenya Airports Authority will
cover the balance.
The airport is serving the coastal area and is the principal
port of entry for tourists, business travelers and others
visiting the region, both from within and without the country.
According to Macharia, the capacity of the airport is over 2
million people but currently it only handles 300,000 people.
The upgrade will enable the airport to operate at its maximum
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