Kisumu opens new terminal and facilities


(eTN) – The long-awaited day has dawned, and the new buildings and facilities at Kisumu Airport were finally handed over and their doors opened to airlines, service providers, and passengers. The new terminal, able to handle 500 passengers an hour with ease, has state-of-the-art facilities, shops, and restaurants unlike the rather crowded and tired old buildings.

The runway has also been crucially extended from the initial 2,000 meters to 3,300 meters, which now permits the safe landing and takeoff by larger aircraft including cargo planes, which can fly produce and chilled fish directly to the consumer markets in Europe and the Middle East, without having to truck the cargo first to Nairobi.

Next in line for opening in October are the new facilities at Malindi Airport, and while both will see an official tape cutting and commemorative plaque revealing at a later stage, the aviation fraternity nevertheless will be happy to see that at last two of the country’s airports have now returned to a fully functional state as they wait for Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International to follow suit in a few years’ time.