AfDB Director General for the East Africa regional hub Gabriel Negatu has told local media that the loan is set to be approved by end of the year, in a move that will pave the way for construction of the facility beginning June next year.
Mr Negatu said JKIA’s traffic capacity is currently at 89 per cent hence it is necessary to expand its capacity as quickly as possible.
The proposed JKIA second runway, whose design was funded by the African bank, is 4.8 kilometres long and 75 metres wide – a significant improvement from the current runway that has a length of 4.2 kilometres and a width of 60 metres.
“The new runway will be an upgrade of the existing one (which was built in the 1970s). This will be a category two runway that conforms to international standards,” Mr Andersen said.
The technology of the proposed facility, according to KAA, will meet the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Category II specifications, which will enable operations in bad weather thus avoiding diversion of aircraft.
“This is an ICAO Code F runway which can handle the new generation extra wide bodied aircraft like Airbus A380 and Boeing B747-800,” KAA said in a statement.
JKIA expects to handle slightly over 17 million passengers annually by 2020, with growth expected to accelerate to 35 million passengers by 2030.