By Ronald Owili
The expansion of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport will now be undertaken through the public private partnership.
The expansion which will be carried out in phases will allow JKIA to handle the nine percent traffic growth annually.
Transport Principal Secretary Irungu Nyakera has further said the United States Department of Transportation is expected to issue a decision on direct flights to the US early next year as 36 items audited by federal aviation authority concluded last week.
Nyakera was speaking during the 6th Africa aviation law conference here in Nairobi.
The termination of the Greenfield terminal project in March dealt a blow to the aviation industry given that upon its completion, the Ksh 55b project would have increased capacity of JKIA to 20 million passengers annually.
In abandoning the expansion the government explained that the ongoing expansion of JKIA will support the 9% annual growth.
The ongoing expansion work at JKIA has elevated the airport to International Civil Aviation Authority Category1 status.
Similarly, Irungu says Kenya is keen to fast track the implementation of the Yamoussoukro declaration which seeks to liberalize aviation industry.
Already Kenya is among 12 countries that have signed the declaration. Harmonization of aviation laws is expected to boost Africa’s share of global market currently at 1%.
He was speaking during the 6th Africa aviation law conference in Nairobi.