The Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) has embarked on phase two of the Kisumu International Airport expansion to strengthen the runway and increase the airport’s capacity.
The construction, which is expected to be completed by mid next year at a cost of Sh1.9 billion, will include the construction of a parallel taxiway, cargo apron, hangers and associated facilities.
The project will also include some other cargo facilities such as transit shades and strengthening of the runway to accommodate bigger air crafts.
“Already we have started and we expect the project to be complete by March 15, 2013,” airport manager Joseph Okumu told reporters.
The project, which is being undertaken by China Overseas Engineering Group Company, will see the airport accommodate larger air crafts and over 300,000 passengers annually.
The first phase of the project was launched in 2009 it involved the lengthening of the runaway from 2.1 km to 3.3 km construction of a taxiway a new terminal at a cost of Sh3.4 billion.
The airport was officially opened in February 2012 by President Mwai Kibaki, becoming the third largest airport in Kenya after JKIA and Moi International Airport in Mombasa.