The National Government has spent Ksh 19 million to rehabilitate the Kitui Airstrip to meet the growing demand for affordable air transport.
Kitui County Commissioner John Ondego said that air transport is now accepted as a fundamental pillar of our global society and is essential for social progress and economic prosperity.
“The growing availability of affordable air travel has considerably widened aviation’s role in our sustainable society. Air travel is no longer a luxury service,” said Ondego.
The County Commissioner disclosed that the air transport industry has not only underpinned wealth creation in the country but has also brought enormous benefits to developing economies by unlocking their potential for trade and tourism.
“This is the gateway to Kitui South Game Reserve. We have driven out all the illegal camel herders and other squatters inside the wildlife sanctuary. At the moment, one is able to see the big five and enjoy the ambience of nature undisturbed,” observed Ondego.
He also noted that wealth creation around air transport will help improve living standards and alleviate poverty through tourism.
“It is worth noting that air transport network facilitates the delivery of emergency and humanitarian aid relief anywhere and ensures the swift delivery of medical supplies,” said Ondego.
The rehabilitation works done on the airstrip include fencing, car park and construction of a modern ablution block for the public and VIPs.
Ondego said that the demand for air services increases the influence of air transport on the global economy, making possible the rapid movement of millions of people and billions of dollars’ worth of goods to markets around the world.
“Plans are underway to complete the runway to allow fixed-wing planes to land and take off from the Kitui airstrip,” he added.