Kakamega Airstrip is set to be upgraded to International standards, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has revealed.
Taking to his official Twitter account on Saturday, 27th June, 2020 after touring the airstrip with Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, the Council of Governors chairman said that the rehabilitation of the airstrip had already started.
Governor Oparanya said the first phase will include building a 1.2-kilometre runway to the standard that can hold cargo flights, while the second would be its expansion.
The rehabilitation and expansion of Kakamega Airstrip is being implemented by Kenya Airports Authority at a cost of Ksh174.7 million.
According to Selina Gor, the Kisumu International Airport and Western Region Airports regional manager, the project is expected to take 15 months.
Gor, who spoke at the airstrip on Wednesday during the launch, said that the World Bank and the Kenya Government are the main financiers of the project through the Aviation Development Fund.
According to Gor, the completion of the airstrip will also help to decongest Kisumu International Airport. She said passengers from Vihiga, Kakamega, Busia, and Bungoma would now be able to use the airstrip instead of having to travel to Kisumu.
The airstrip will complement Governor Oparanya’s flagship projects, including the 750-Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital, the Malava Dairy Plant, Bukhungu Stadium and Shinyalu Tea Factory.
It will also help locals in the transportation of goods to markets.