Nairobi — The much awaited construction of the second runway at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) will start in June next year.
According to Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Chief Executive Officer Stephen Gichuki, the project which already falls behind schedule will finally kick-off in what will open the way for direct long haul flights from distant destinations to Kenya's capital.
The 5.5kilometre long runway will cost the Kenyan taxpayer $141 million. It will accommodate huge aircrafts weighing up to 32 tonnes, way above the current airport capacity.
Architectural designs for the runway started in August this year and once complete, it will come with sophisticated and most modern aviation technology.
According to Gichuki, the advanced technology will enable planes to land even in situations of bad weather as opposed to the current situation where flights are diverted from Nairobi to Mombasa during bad weather.
JKIA is currently undergoing a major overhaul that will it fitted with latest aviation technology while other facilities are being upgraded to international standards. The ambitious upgrade will cost the government over $1 billion. The upgrade will come complete with new aprons and an extra wing.