By Rose Welimo/KNA
The government has embarked on a multi-billion expansion program for the Malindi International airport to enable large flights land directly from Europe.
Transport Principal Secretary Irungu Nyakera says the project which will cost 5.2 billion shillings will facilitate direct international flights and boost tourism.
The project will see the expansion of the runway from the current 1.4km to 2.5 kilometres that is projected to cost Sh. 5.6 Billion.
Nyakera says KSh. 2 Billion will be used to expand the runway while Ksh 3.6 Billion to be used for acquiring land for expanding the facility.
Surveyors are already on the ground to establish the exact number of households affected by the runway expansion a process that is expected to be completed in two months.
On Monday, PS Nyakera, Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Ag MD Nicholas Bodo and area airport Manager Walter Agong toured the airport and announced that the runway expansion shall begin next year after all due process is followed.
Nyakera said they would require about 400 acres for the expansion which would enable larger flights land directly from Europe.
“Malindi is a critical tourist town, we have had talks for long on the expansion of the runway to enable larger flights land directly from Europe,’’ he said.
The multimillion ultramodern terminal building is complete and in use with a new tower.