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Four county airstrips lined up for 151m shilling upgrade

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Four county airstrips lined up for 151m shilling upgrade


Summary

  • The financial allocation contained in the budget documents will see the rehabilitation of airstrips at Suneka, Sagana, Sironga and Gombe in the new fiscal year.
  • The upgrades are meant to allow airstrips to accommodate larger planes as local airlines expand onto new routes as demand for air travel increases after Covid restrictions ease -19 imposed by the state.
  • Upgrading the Gombe and Sagana airstrips is expected to boost tourism in Siaya and Nyeri counties.

The Ministry of Transport has earmarked 151 million shillings for the upgrading of four county airstrips to meet the growing demand for domestic air travel.

The financial allocation contained in the budget documents will see the rehabilitation of airstrips at Suneka, Sagana, Sironga and Gombe in the new fiscal year.

The upgrades are meant to allow airstrips to accommodate larger planes as local airlines expand onto new routes as demand for air travel increases after Covid restrictions ease -19 imposed by the state.

The authority will spend 20 million shillings on Suneka airstrip in Kisii county and 50 million shillings on Sagana airstrip in Nyeri county to facilitate travel to central Kenya where residents travel to Nayaribo and connect to the region by road.

In addition, the State Department of Transport will spend 31 million shillings on the Sironga airstrip in Nyamira County.

The upgrade of Gombe airstrip located in Siaya County has also been awarded 50 million shillings as part of the upgrade exercise which is expected to start in the coming months.

Boost tourism

Upgrading the Gombe and Sagana airstrips is expected to boost tourism in Siaya and Nyeri counties.

The tourism sector rebounded last year, buoyed by locals, as the industry pulled back from a painful two-year period since it was hit by the pandemic.

The 2021 Tourism Sector Performance Report shows that industry revenue jumped 65% to 146.51 billion shillings last year from 88.56 billion shillings in 2020.

Tourist arrivals through airports and border points also increased by 53.3% to 870,465 from 567,848 during the period.

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