Moi International Airport to get a facelift

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The Moi International Airport Mombasa is set to get a facelift at a tune of Sh7 billion (USD 70 million), Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said.
Speaking on Tuesday during the ground-breaking ceremony of the rehabilitation of Airside Pavements and Airfield Ground Lighting System at the airport, Macharia said the project will be completed in two years.
He said the Airport caters for 80 per cent of all the international tourists coming to Kenya, but it has not been put to its optimal use.
“This airport is the main airport serving the coast region, and accounts to over 80 per cent of all international tourists coming to Kenya. However, it does not operate to its maximum capacity. Therefore, we need to see how best we can improve it. The last time it received major facelift was in 1994,” said Macharia.
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, who accompanied Macharia to the event, said the facility handles 300, 000 passengers annually despite its capacity to handle over two million passengers.
He called for the government, private sector and other aviation stakeholders to support the airport to ensure more planes land in Mombasa.
“Currently, we have 15 charter flights coming to Mombasa every week, up from nine that we were receiving last year. But Moi International Airport cannot rely on charter business alone, we need more international scheduled airlines,” said Balala.
Balala challenged Kenya Airways to also start direct flights from Mombasa to London.
Currently, Ethiopia Airline, Rwanda Air and Turkish Airline are the only ones operating to Mombasa.
Kenya Airport Authority Chief Executive Officer Johny Andersen said the last major rehabilitation done at Moi International Airport in Mombasa was in 1994 by Pacific Consultants International PCI, a Japanese Company.

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