Kenya constructing new airport in Maasai Mara. The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has started upgrading Angama Airstrip in Maasai Mara, Narok County into a fully-fledged airport in a bid boost tourism in the country.
The project, which will be executed in three phases, will involve rehabilitation of the airstrip’s 1,260-metre-long runway and its expansion from 18 metres to 23 metres, as well as construction of a new apron and fencing during the first phase.
The authority said the upgrade is meant to enable the airport handle huge aeroplanes — code C aircraft — after attaining international airport standards.
It will become the newest international airport in the country after Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Mombasa’s Moi International Airport, Eldoret International Airport, and the Kisumu International Airport.
The upgrade of Angama Airstrip will happen on 44.7-hectare land within the Maasai Mara National Reserve, which was acquired from Manati Limited by the National Land Commission (NLC).
“Today marks a major milestone in the partnership between tourism and the aviation industry in line with the government’s approach to foster development across the country,” said Transport PS Solomon Kitungu on Tuesday.
The PS said upgrading of the airport will not only boost tourism, but also Kenya’s economy and trade through growing the aviation industry.
In 2018, KAA allocated Sh691 million for the upgrade of six airstrips in the country, all of which are in various counties, with the aim of boosting domestic connectivity.
“The plan is to expand the airstrip to modern standards to increase traffic inflows into the Masai Mara Game Reserve,” KAA’s Wilson Airport and Northern region Airport’s manager Joseph Okumu said in June.
During launch of the airstrip’s upgrade Tuesday, KAA Managing Director Alex Gitari noted that the authority is focusing on improving airports infrastructure to attract “new services, new routes and new airlines to the different tourism destinations in the country”.
Author: Staff Writer