The construction of a new terminal building at the Malindi Airport has been completed, the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has said.
Airport manager Walter Agong said the new terminal, which was built at a cost of Sh200 million, is ready for use and new furniture and other ultra-modern facilities have been fitted in the building.
Agong said the staff members will be relocating to the new building later this month once the contractor finishes relocating the police lines and demolishing the old buildings.
“The relocation to the new terminal building will be done in phases with the control tower being moved last to avoid disrupting operations,” he said.
The government-funded project which is part of the ongoing Malindi airport expansion plans began last year and was contracted to Dickways Construction. It involved construction of a terminal building with a capacity of 500 passengers, a new control tower for enhanced air traffic control services and rehabilitation of the runway.
The project also involved construction of additional parking bays and general facilities at the airport as well as the installation of new lighting system.
According to the airport management, the next phase of the expansion programme will include a considerable lengthening of the runway to cater for larger planes including holiday charters from the UK directly to Malindi.
KAA plans to acquire more than 25 hectares of land from about 100 families in the southern part of the Malindi airport to facilitate the airport’s expansion. The Authority has already began evaluative the property to establish its worth and compute the amount to be paid to the affected families.