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-meter long runway and its expansion from 18 meters to 23 meters, 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.
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