Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to get new runway that will help aircraft movement from 25 to 45 aircrafts per hour after Kenya airport authority secure loan from Africa development bank.

Kenya airport authority (KAA) has gotten a US $189.2m loan from The African Development Bank (AfDB) to construct a new runway at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.

The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) which is the seventh busiest airport in passenger traffic on the African continent will have a new runway constructed so as to help the aircraft movement from 25 to 45 aircrafts per hour and also expand its traffic capacity which currently stands at 89%.

AfDB Director General for the East Africa regional hub,Gabriel Negatu; “The loan is to be approved towards the end of 2017 so that construction work can commence early June in 2018.”

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), Managing Director, Johny Andersen; “The runway will be an upgrade of the existing one (which was built in the 1970s) and will have category two runway that conforms to international standards.”

The runway will have a technology of the proposed facility that will meet the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) category II specifications and enable operations in bad weather thus avoiding diversion of aircraft.

The project is an ICAO code F runway which can handle the new generation extra wide bodied aircrafts such as Airbus A380 and Boeing B747-800.

The amount to construct the runway is US $358m.

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