The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kibaki Launches Isiolo Airport Project

PRESIDENT Kibaki will today open the Isiolo International Aiport runway.

Isiolo County Commissioner Wanyama Musiambo and officials from the Kenya airport authority said the plan is complete for the event to take place over the weekend.

Offials from the Ministry of tranport, Kenya Revenue authority and other relevant ministries have pitched tents in the area to finalize the exercise.

Musiambo said the launch of the project will help in opening up the region to an international hub, through construction of railway lines and major roads that connects the town up to Cape Town.

The commissioner told the press the president will commission the completition of the runway and launch the phase two of the project. The construction of the airport will cost the government an estimated Sh640 million to finalize the project.

The new development has since attracted developers from parts of the country to invest in Isiolo. The Kundan Singh construction Company limited will hand over the facility to the Kenya civil aviation authority after completion of the project.

The 34 meter wide runway can also accommodate maximum takeoff weight of 379016 kilogrammes. The airport has two tax ways and three aprons where the aircraft can park and refuel.

Musiambo said Isiolo airport is the only in the region with a capacity to hold heavy commercial air crafts and commissioning of the international airport will decongest air traffic from the Wilson and Jomo Kenyatta international airport (JKIA).

According to site agent heading the construction of the airport Engineer Mark Michieka, the number of aircraft landing at the airport can be determined by the air control officials. Engineer Michieka said that the flat topography of Isiolo makes it a safe location of an international airport.

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